Announcing our 2017-2018 season
Romeo and Juliet
Directed by Grace Wallis ('20)
From forth the fatal loins of these two opposéd jazz clubs, the Stanford Shakespeare Company brings back to life this famous tale of star-crossed lovers. At the Blue Note Verona, Romeo and Juliet fall in love at first sight, only to learn that they are mortal enemies. Romeo, abandoning his buddies, jumps the Capulet wall to find Juliet on her balcony, where they exchange proclamations of love and decide to marry. With the help of Friar Laurence and the Nurse, they seal their young love despite their families’ ancient musical quarrel. While the Friar is hopeful that the young lovers’ bond might have the potential to quell their violent clashes, what follows next is a tale of disastrous miscommunication, a chorus of all too untimely deaths, and love -- unfaltering, transcendent love. A love that improvises, one not confined to a bar of sheet music or the keys on a piano. Join us for this contemporary spin on a classic story, featuring Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter...in double time.
Directed by Sarah Mergen ('19)
Exiled from his own kingdom and adrift with nowhere to go, Pericles embarks on a Shakespearean odyssey rarely performed in theaters today. Confronted with a world almost entirely controlled by fate, Pericles' only option is to cling to his own moral compass-- a resolve that allows him to survive a sinking ship and eventually find the love of his life. The pair are tricked into believing they have won fate's game, but their meeting is just the beginning of the biggest test they will ever face. In a single storm at sea, Pericles' first born child is delivered and the family is pulled apart; a great separation that each family member will spend years trying to understand and resolve. Though underperformed and underrated, the story of Pericles and his family reveals, with a timely poignancy, the power of unyielding love across time and distance.