The Montagues and Capulets

Play

New Work
Writers: Gavin Miller

Overview

Show Information

Based on the Play/Book/Film
Romeo and Juliet
Category
Play
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
2018
Genres
Drama, Romance, Historical/Biographical
Settings
Period, Contemporary, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
Fifteenth century, Verona, 1914, Congress of Verona, Twenty-first century
Cast Size
medium
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Regional Theatre
Casting Notes

Includes late teen, young adult, adult, mature adult characters

Synopsis

This play was inspired by imagining a life that Juliet might have lived, if she had rejected Romeo and gone on to greatness. Part of the fun of the play, is seeing the familiar plot inverted, with moments of misery turned to humor. Also, elements from other Shakespearean plays are woven into the story, including Shylock’s ruin in The Merchant of Venice, twin confusion in The Comedy of Errors, a battle of wits from All’s Well that Ends Well, a critical lover from The Taming of the Shrew and elements of farce from The Merry Wives of Windsor. Also woven through the plot, are allusions to Helen of Troy and the Judgment of Paris. Each age interprets them differently. The play begins rich with poetry, but the verbal style evolves towards prose as the problems facing the characters become more ominous and they grow to maturity.

Lead Characters