By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Ravi Jain, Christine Horne and Alex Bulmer
Directed by Ravi Jain
THERE'S MORE TO LOVE THAN MEETS THE EYE
They say that love is blind – and with blindness comes the freedom to open the mind’s eye to a world of limitless possibility. Likewise, the challenge of staging the world’s most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet, in a time of physical distancing brings with it the opportunity to explore modes of theatrical presentation that are both unexpectedly novel and as old as the art of storytelling itself.
Intended for blind, low-vision and sighted audiences alike, this radically reimagined version of Shakespeare’s beloved romantic tragedy invites you into an up-to-the-minute modern world of sound and music, a world that challenges the identities we construct when we use only our eyes, a world in which the entrenched hostilities of an older generation are challenged by the passions of young people who only want to love.
R+J is accessible to blind and low-vision audiences through an integrated audio description.
House Program: R+J
Pre-show podcast: R+J
Virtual Runtime: One hour and 28 minutes
Study Guide: R+J
Production support is generously provided by Dr. M. Lee Myers and by Catherine & David Wilkes.
Produced in collaboration with
2021: Lady Capulet, Tybalt in R + J. Second season. 2020: Richard III, All's Well That Ends Well and The Miser. Stratford (would-be) debut. Elsewhere (selected): Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Marina in Pericles, Phaedra in Hippolytus, Maybe Jane in The Yellow Wallpaper (York University); Bluebeard's Bride in The gruesome terror & most brave triumph of Bluebeard's Bride, Irma in The Madwoman of Chaillot (The Lunar Stratagem); Mary Anne Shad in Portraits Patterns Possibilities (Culchahworks); Fabiana Cunningham in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Lower Ossington Theatre). Training: MFA York University, Factory Mechanicals, Claude Watson Arts Program, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Edith Zacks Millman for Extraordinary Achievement in Performance (Queen's University). Online: @beckklloyd. Et cetera: Thanks, Mum.
2021: Benvolio in R + J. Second season. Elsewhere: Thriving Tree in SCANNER (Factory Theatre Wired); Angelina in Spirit Horse (Roseneath Theatre); Temina in Munschtime! (Young People's Theatre); Margaret in Fatty Legs (Xara Choral Theatre); Genevieve in Lullaby: Inside the Halifax Explosion (Eastern Front Theatre); Christine in Offensive Fouls (Neptune Theatre); Katarina in Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery (Neptune Theatre). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, George Brown Theatre School, Neptune Theatre Acting Conservatory. Online: firstname.lastname@example.org, Instagram @lisanasson. Et cetera: Lisa would like to thank her family for encouraging her imagination.
2021: Nurse in R + J. 13th season. Stratford: Coriolanus, Napoli Milionaria!, Twelfth Night, The School for Scandal, Tartuffe in Tartuffe, Breath of Kings, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Measure for Measure, Waiting for Godot, Wanderlust, Winter's Tale, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, All's Well That Ends Well. Elsewhere: Cyrano de Bergerac, Victory (Shaw Festival); The Wedding Party (Crow's Theatre/TIFT); Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Citadel); The Seagull, Someone Else (Crow's); My Mother's Feet (Munich); Hairspray (Toronto, Broadway); Hamlet (NAC); Roméo et Juliette (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan). Film/TV: CBC's This Is Wonderland; The Gilda Radner Story; The Day After Tomorrow; Murdoch Mysteries; Coroner. Awards: Two Gemini nominations; Dora Award, Outstanding Actor, 2013; Sterling Award, Best Actor, 2016.
2021: Co-adaptor and assistant director of R + J. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Prince Hamlet, Iceland (Why Not Theatre); Portia's Julius Caesar (Shakespeare in the Ruff); Tom at the Farm (Buddies); The Seagull (Crow's); Belleville (Company Theatre); Vimy, Farther West (Soulpepper); Between the Sheets (Nightwood); Andromache (Necessary Angel); Romeo and Juliet (Canadian Stage); The Turn of the Screw (DVxT); Miss Julie: Sheh'mah (KICK Theatre); Gorey Story (Thistle Project). Audio: First Métis Man of Odessa (Factory). Film: Robin & Mark & Richard III, Hyena Road, The Captive, Stories We Tell, The Stone Angel. TV: Hey Lady!, Malory Towers, Hudson & Rex, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope, Remedy, Republic of Doyle, Rookie Blue, Othello. Awards: Dora Award, Canadian Screen Award, Birks Diamond Tribute to Women in Film. Et cetera: Christine is a member of Shakespeare in the Ruff's incoming Collective Artistic Leadership.
2021: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre Canopy and Studio Theatre. 25th season. Stratford: Shows include Chicago (interrupted by COVID), Billy Elliot, A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I and others. Elsewhere: Over 40 years as a stage manager in live entertainment including gala events, music concerts, opening ceremonies and fundraising events including A Christmas Carol for the Stratford Hospice. Over 25 years with the Canadian Opera Company as a stage manager; production stage manager and resident director of Jersey Boys, Toronto; 25 years as a singer/dancer and choreographer in Canadian theatre; associate director/choreographer to her mentor, Alan Lund. Et cetera: Love to Paul, daughters Stephanie and Jennifer, son-in-law Andrew, and her grandchildren, Kennedy, Koston and Connor. I am so grateful to be back at work.
Why Not Theatre Producer: Kevin Matthew Wong
Blind and low-vision access consultants: Bruce Horak, Ed Martin and Mala Naraine
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