We heard we weren’t dropping enough mind blowing Opening Night content. So here’s some incredible photos from ANY LIGHT Photography. Thank you Darryl Panchyson for the photos and Rowan Winterwood for the lighting!
Kallen Alsdorf is joining us for her third production! She first swept into our lives as a golden goddess in The Tempest. Then she made us laugh as Mistress Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Now she brings an incredible ferocity to the stage as Lord Montague in Romeo and Juliet. We are blown away by her ability to portray so many different characters. Don’t miss her performance! . . . Tickets at link in bio
After performing as Ferdinand in The Tempest and Master Slender in Merry Wives, Joseph Glandorf was ready for a real challenge. So, he’s playing Lord Capulet in our production of Romeo and Juliet. Also he’s Assistant Directing. Also he’s the dramaturge. . . . We’re delighted to have Joseph’s talents on board in his third year with LDP. He’s been a huge part of shaping the company and it’s hard to imagine an LDP production without him. . . . Plus he gets to talk about logs again this year.
Hey! We know him... Joey Hoffmann is Benvolio in his third LDP production. Before Romeo and Juliet, Joey played Adrian in The Tempest and Master Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor. . . . We love creating a space where Undergraduates want to return to help others learn to love Shakespeare and investigate his texts. And we love Joey Hoffmann. . . . #theatre #osuenglish #ldp #lorddenneysplayers #shakespeare #romeoandjuliet #benvolio #justiceforbenvolio
Natalie Dalea is back, and this time she's the Prince! Is this your first Lord Denney's Players production? No! I was previously a spirit/hellhound/nymph-called-naiad in The Tempest and John Simple in The Merry Wives of Windsor (where I also designed costumes!). Tell us a little bit about the character you are playing. The Prince is just trying to keep kids on the street safe from their own dang parents. He’s trying to stop the cycles of violence destroying his city, but he grew up in this same space too. He doesn’t know how else to dissuade the fighting other than more threats, so he ends up perpetuating the same system he’s trying to stop due to his own lack of alternative models. What is your favorite thing about live theatre? I love how reciprocal a live theatre performance is with an audience. We take in the energy they give us, and vice versa. Sound waves and breath physically collide with our bodies in the shared performance space to make it a tangible experience. What is different about this version of the play from others you've seen before? I think Q1 is more interpretable for actors. The text doesn’t specify what characters are saying or thinking as much as the Q2 and folio, which means we get more say in how characters feel about each other.
Hannah Nelson is Peter -- and our Fight Captain and Assistant Stage Manager! Is this your first Lord Denney's Players show? This is my second show with LDP, and I am so excited to be back! Tell us a little bit about the character you're playing. I'm playing Peter, a Capulet serving man who really, really hates musicians. He does his best, but unfortunately, that's not really saying much. I am also assistant stage managing which has been an interesting and enlightening experience thus far. What is your favorite thing about live theatre? I love that live theatre creates an active and involved dialogue between the performers and the audience that doesn't really exist elsewhere. Feeling the energy in the room as the performers and the audience create a story in real time is nothing short of magical. What makes this version of Romeo and Juliet different from others you've seen or read before? This version of Romeo and Juliet frames their love story as a rebellion against not only their parents but also the culture of violence in which they were raised. Framing the narrative in this way allows their youth to stand not as a symbol of immaturity or naivete, but as a haunting counterpoint to the violent indoctrination of the adult characters.
“Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love. Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate, O anything, of nothing first create; O heavy lightness, serious vanity! Misshapen chaos of best-seeming things, Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health, Still-waking sleep that is not what it is: This love feel I, which feel no love in this.”
Lior Livshits is Romeo! Is this your first Lord Denney's Players show? This is my first LDP show and I’m so excited to be a part of it! Tell us a little bit about the character you're playing. Romeo is intelligent, but does act rather impulsively. A lot of his rash impulsive decisions are brought on because he has intense feelings of all kinds (love, hate, vengeance, despair). The feud between the two families is something that Romeo isn’t interested in, it’s more like a nuisance and he just doesn’t think it should even exist. Ironically, a lot of his actions only add fire to the flames. What's your favorite thing about live theatre? The excitement of getting on stage and letting this character that you’ve worked so hard on just completely sink into you. Interacting with the other characters, and the fear and excitement of letting everything happen for the first time (no matter how many times we rehearsed it).
Jordan Booker is Juliet! Is this your first Lord Denney's Players show? This is my first show with the Lord Denney's Players. I'm very excited to have this opportunity to work with so many talented people. Tell us a little bit about the character you're playing. I'm playing the role of Juliet. Her whole life she has had no control, power, or say in anything. She knows things are expected of her, but everything changes when she surprisingly falls for a Montague. She wrestles with expectations and her feelings, and eventually takes control of her life... What's your favorite thing about live theatre? My favorite thing about live theatre is the fact that every performance is unique. Each time it is done the actors vulnerably connect with the piece and live it as truthfully as they can... the audience suspends their disbelief, and then connect it with their own experiences and lives. There is a connection between the audience and performers, and there can then be surprises because it's live. What makes this version of the play different from other ones you've seen? This version of Romeo and Juliet is different from other versions I've seen and read by the fact that it really emphasizes generational violence. With so any people dying you see the flaws in such a brutal society. It makes you empathize with the youths struggling in this flawed system.