R+J: The Vineyard

R+J: The Vineyard


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

Oct 24-Nov 21, 2015
Friday, Sat, and Monday at 8pm
Sundays at 7pm

Co-Produced with Oracle Theatre and with coordination from Five Eyes Project

Photos by Joe Mazza


“Red Theater has been a powerful force in shaping the public’s understanding of Deaf culture, establishing ASL, and providing opportunities for Deaf and hard of hearing performers.

-John McGinty.

John was recently seen as Brian in a critically acclaimed webseries, High Maintenance. He recently played the role Billy in Tribes at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and Everyman Theatre in Baltimore.

Dates:  October 24th, 2015 – November 22nd

Location- Oracle Theatre

3809 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60613

If you have questions or would like to help out in any way, please contact janettebauer@redtheater.org


Cast List:

Roles ActorRomeo*Brendan ConnellyBenvolio*Brenda Scott WlazloMercutio*Chris SchroederAbram*/MusicianC. Richard CostesLady CapuletLona LivingstonJuliet*McKenna LiesmanNurse*Beth HarrisSister Laurence* /Gregory/MusicianSimone ZebotParis/TybaltJeff KuryszFriar John/Apothecary/ServantsPavi ProczkoPrinceMike StarkParis/Tybalt understudyChristopher MuellerAbram*/Musician understudyOlivia Soliz

Production Team:

  • Oracle Executive Producer Ben Fuchsen

  • Oracle Producer Tony Santiago

  • Oracle Director of Programming David Boren

  • Red Theater Producer Janette Bauer

  • Director Aaron Sawyer

  • Sign Coach Rob Russo

  • Managing Director Janette Bauer

  • Stage Manager Mary Kate Ashe

  • Director of Corporate Sponsorship Brenda Wlalzo

  • Dramaturg Claire Alston

  • Scenic Designer John Wilson

  • Costume DesignerAmber Kessler Freer

  • Props Designer Scott Dickens 

  • Sound Designer Patrick O’Brien

  • Combat Consultant Dwight Sora

  • Rehearsal Interpreter Daniella Doll

  • Rehearsal Interpreter Isaac Riddle

Special Thanks:

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

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

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:

  • Kevin Michael Christy

  • Adam Richter

  • Christopher Dravus

  • Bobby Bonaventura

  • Shannon Cameron

  • Gary Dop

  • Peter Ruklic

  • Stephen Fedo

  • DawnSignPress