Jenny Morrison is in our Ensemble! Is this your first Lord Denney's Players show? This is my first Lord Denney’s Players show, and I’m ecstatic to be a part of it! Tell us a little bit about the character you're playing. I am an ensemble member who plays Capulet’s Cousin and First Watch. First Watch is interesting because she is authoritative and knows what needs to be done. As for Capulet’s Cousin, I’ve interpreted her as a bit of a “cougar”, and am having a blast attempting to flirt with Mercutio and Benvolio. What's your favorite thing about live theatre? I think live theatre provides for an immediacy of emotion that is unparalleled in any other art form. Simply put, theatre brings stories to life.
“Make love, not war is an anti-war slogan commonly associated with the American counterculture of the 1960s. It was used primarily by those who were opposed to the Vietnam War, but has been invoked in other anti-war contexts since, around the world.”
Nicole Neifert plays Lady Montague Is this your first Lord Denney's Players show? This is my first show with LDP, and I'm really excited to be a part of such an amazing group! Tell us a little bit about the character you're playing. I play Lady Montague, Romeo's mother. She loves her family dearly, but she's not always aware of everything happening to her family members. I also play other ensemble parts throughout the show. What's your favorite thing about live theatre? I love how every performance is something that's never quite been done before and never will be done the exact same way ever again. All of the actors and people involved with a live show come together every night to tell a story that develops in real time, and because of that it always feels so special. How is this version of Romeo and Juliet different from any of the other versions you've seen or read? This version has quite a few lines here and there that differ from what I have seen before, and my favorites would have to be the odd lines several actors have to say in unison.
A slogan from the suffragette movement, written by Lavinia Deck. It first appeared on June 30th, 1917, in “The Suffragist”: . . . “What is the potent spirit of youth? Is it not the spirit of revolt, of rebellion against senseless and useless and deadening things? Most of all against injustice, which is of all the stupid things the stupidest?... The old stiff minds must give way. The old selfish minds must go. Obstructive reactionaries must move on. The young are at the gates!” . . . And to that we say: Big Mood. Big, big Romeo and Juliet mood.
Meet Director Cat McAlpine Is this your first Lord Denney's Players show? I am incredibly honored to be participating in my fourth Lord Denney's Players production. I acted in our first three productions as a recent alum taking on the roles of Bolingbroke (Richard II), Gil (The Annunciation and The Second Shepherd's Play), and Stephano (The Tempest). Now, I've been invited back to continue helping develop Lord Denney's Players as they create a community that links OSU undergrads with faculty, graduate students, and young alumni. Tell us a little bit about the character you're playing. In the role of Director, I have been challenged to consider all the characters . . . all the time. I'm interacting with the play text in a way I've never had to before in dozens of prior productions. What's your favorite thing about live theatre? There is no earthly thing closer to magic than live theatre. In performing a piece, you are invited to get one iota closer to understanding what it is to be human, again and again, all while sharing the experience with a handful of other dedicated dreamers. How is this version of Romeo and Juliet different from any of the other versions you've seen or read? As with any LDP production, we trust the text to speak for itself first. "Ah, I am fortune's slave!" curses Romeo. And the inevitability of his, and Verona's, unraveling is promised from the prologue. But in this production, the undergraduate team (Hannah Woods, Joseph Glandorf, Connor Limbaugh) has done an excellent job of creating an academically supported concept that Romeo and Juliet are victims not of fate, but of a violent societal system. They are youth in revolt, trying their hardest to get out of childhood alive and in love.
Benvolio: Rude But Not Wrong 🤷🏽♀️
“How do you memorize all of those lines?!” Step 1: ✨ Highlight ✨
From this week’s “table” read.
That Romeo sure is a smooth talker... 😍
We’re back at it. See you in the Van Fleet.
“I haven't had the chance to perform this year and it's been bumming me out. This semester, my Shakespeare @osuenglishdept class is working with the @lorddenneysplayers production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. I took it as a sign that I should audition, so I did. Now, I'm in my first Shakespeare play.” -Madi Task, Anne Page in Merry Wives 🎭 __________________ #merrywives #ohiostateenglish #shakespeare #sirjohnfalstaff #artmakescbus