Juliet Capulet invites four other heroines of Shakespeare’s classics (Katharina, Portia, Ophelia and Desdemona) to lunch in her favorite garden in Verona to discuss “issues” they all have with their plots. All the ladies have suggestions about how these issues might be remedied. Shakespeare sends his literary agent and Editor, Jacqueline de Boys, who attempts to save the day with the help of Juliet’s Nurse. This comedy sparkles with wit and an in-depth understanding of the characters of these indelible ladies, and their effects on playgoers over the centuries.
„There are only three or four women in each Schakespeare play but they are the key to how to transform a society. They are the teachers and the leaders in a new way of thinking about relationships, hierarchies, and love. They have the focus and energy to counterbalance the authority of the ten to thirty men who inhabit each play. The patriarchal structures of honor, shame, violence and might is right do as much harm to Hamlet, Othello, Romeo as they do to Ophelia, Desdemona, and Juliet.
In William Shakespeare’s early comedies, he portrays women as shrews to be tamed or as sweet little things with no independence of thought. Then, with the extraordinary Juliet, there is a dramatic shift: suddnely Shakepeare’s women have depth, motivation, and an understanding of life more than equal to that of the men.
As Shakespeare ceases to make his women predictable caricatures and starts writing from the inside, they become as dimensional, spirited, spiritual, active and sexual as any of his male characters. Perhaps he has fallen in love? At any rate, from Juliet on, Shakespeare’s characters demonstrate that when women and men are equal in status and passion, they can change the world.“ – Tina Packer; Founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Company
Directed by Charles C. Urban; featuring Tonia Hernandez, Sylvia Owens, Helen Khorrami, Felice Becker, Kirsten Schulze, Lisa Ritchie, Sara Conway, Sonja Bressner, Bhavani Bhaskar
Costumes by Enel Kerler — Photos by Uka Meissner deRuiz
Show times: May 11, May 18, June 8, June 15 at 20:00 hrs at THEATER AM OLGAECK
June 2 at THE ENGLISH THEATRE in Frankfurt at the FEATS – Festival of European Anglophone Theatre Societies in Frankfurt
June 30, July 14 in at 19:00 hrs at LAPIDARIUM