R+J: The Vineyard

R+J: The Vineyard

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in American Sign Language

FOUR STARS for R+J: The Vineyard!!!!

Highly Recommended– “A truly captivating work… the acting in this production transcends language. Not to be missed!” – Beth Ann Barbieri, Gapers Block

Highly Recommended– “…one of the most visceral, relatable, and impactful Shakespeare performances in recent memory. – Marissa Oberlander, CHICAGO READER RECOMMENDED

Highly Recommended– “This affecting new interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most-heard works is worth a look and a listen.”- Kris Vire, TIMEOUT CRITICS’ PICK

R+J: The Vineyard Second Extension at The Den Theatre

R+J: The Vineyard Second Extension at The Den Theatre

Summary:

Capulet and Montague families ignite intense cultural lines between hearing and
non-hearing in this beautiful and physical production. Set in 1890’s Martha’s Vineyard
when a unique deaf/hearing bilingual agricultural community gave way to a budding
tourism industry. Both spoken and performed in American Sign Language, this
production is intended for all audiences.

By William Shakespeare;
Concept by Janette Bauer;
Directed by Artistic Director Aaron Sawyer;
Sign Master: Crom Saunders;
Sign Coach: Rob Russo
Sign Coach: MaryKate Ashe

 

Oct 24 thru-November 21, 2015

thru December-20, 2015

NOW EXTENDED THROUGH FEBRUARY 20,2016!!!
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 730pm

Location- The Den Theatre,

3rd Floor, 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622.

Regretfully, there is no elevator to the 3rd floor performance space.

Parking information can be found here.
http://thedentheatre.com/plan-your-visit/

If you have questions, please contact janettebauer@redtheater.org

Want to take your child to R+J? Click here for more info
Photo by Joe Mazza, Brave Lux Brendan Connelly and McKenna Liesman as Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Joe Mazza, Brave Lux Brendan Connelly, Christopher Schroeder, and Brenda Scott Wlazlo in R+J: The Vineyard. Photo by Joe Mazza, Brave Lux

Photos by Joe Mazza, Brave Lux

View our Deaf Audience Endorsements


MORE LOVE for R+J: The Vineyard!!!!

Highly Recommended– “A truly captivating work… the acting in this production transcends language. Not to be missed!” – Beth Ann Barbieri, Gapers Block

Highly Recommended– “…one of the most visceral, relatable, and impactful Shakespeare performances in recent memory. – Marissa Oberlander, CHICAGO READER RECOMMENDED

Highly Recommended– “Connelly and Liesman are effortlessly charming.” -Sean Margaret Wagner, Spork!

Highly Recommended– “This star-crossed love story is a true original, and missing out would be the true tragedy” -Chicago Theater Beat

Recommended– “Sawyer cunningly uses cross-gender casting with Brenda Scott Wlazlo’s Benvolio, Simone Zebot’s “Sister Laurence” and Lona Livingston’s Lady Capulet.”- Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune

RECOMMENDED: CHICAGO ACCESS PROJECT

Highly Recommended– “The production pulsates with passion and, at only 90 minutes in length, will entertain and move audiences far more than anything else currently playing in the Windy City this Fall. It’s a production that deserves its sold-out audiences and that should not be missed.” Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review

Recommended– “Delivering all kinds of eloquence, Sawyer’s staging presents a richly varied menu of communication…these eleven performances–from a collective comprised of deaf, hard-of-hearing and ASL interpreters–inevitably open up an audience–and a critic–to a different, if not deeper, tragedy.” – Lawrence Brommer, Stage and Cinema

Cast List:

Roles Actor
Romeo* Brendan Connelly
Benvolio* Brenda Scott Wlazlo
Mercutio* Chris Schroeder
Abram*/Musician C. Richard Costes
Lady Capulet Lona Livingston
Juliet* McKenna Liesman
Nurse* Beth Harris
Sister Laurence* /Gregory/Musician Simone Zebot
Paris/Tybalt Jeff Kurysz
Friar John/Apothecary/Servants Pavi Proczko
Prince Mike Stark
Paris/Tybalt understudy Christopher Mueller
Abram*/Musician understudy Olivia Soliz
John McGinty on Red Theater Chicago

John McGinty on Red Theater Chicago

Production Team:

Producer Janette Bauer
Director Aaron Sawyer
Sign Coach Rob Russo
Managing Director Janette Bauer
AD/SM/Sign Coach Mary Kate Ashe
Director of Corporate Sponsorship Brenda Wlalzo
Dramaturg Claire Alston
Scenic Designer John Wilson
Costume Designer Amber Kessler Freer
Lighting Designer Janette Bauer
Lighting Consultant Karen Thompson
Props Designer Scott Dickens
Sound Designer Patrick O’Brien
Projections Designer Will Cotter
Trailer Director Aaron Pagel-Kentalago Productions
Combat Consultants Dwight Sora, Tyler Meredith, Vahishta Vafadari
Rehearsal Interpreter Daniella Doll
Rehearsal Interpreter Isaac Riddle

Special Thanks:

CCT logoChicago Community Trust provided key funding to help establish a community and resources for this project.

saints logoThe Saints provided support to help pay the unique artists required for this production.

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This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts

Individual Donors:

Sidney T Smith Steve and Joyce Fedeczko
Joshua Jacobs Amanda Rose
Peter Ruklic Stephen Fedo
Amanda Rose Bobby Bonaventura
Kevin Michael Christy Christopher Dravus
Adam Richter Peter Ruklic
Christopher Dravus Gary Dop
Bobby Bonaventura Shannon Cameron
Shannon Cameron Joshua Jacobs
Gary Dop Ruth Johnston
Horacio Trujillo Anne Scott
Dan E Campbell Robert Crancich
DawnSignPress Aaron Sawyer
another friend of undependent Rock Island Janette Bauer
aaron sawyer

Aaron Sawyer, Founder Red Theater Collectives, Artistic Director Red Theater Chicago

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