Fringe Spotlight: STAR-CROSS’D Brings Romeo & Juliet To Life With Movement

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To some, Romeo & Juliet is a story of two teenagers blinded by lust and driven to unspeakable acts, yet at its heart, it is a love story that transcends age and time. In Half Shadow Players’ production of Star-Cross’d, directors Lizzy Ferdinandi and Jessica Gaupel (who also co-founded the company) combine haunting contemporary music with Shakespeare’s text to create a 50-minute movement-oriented retelling of the classic love story.

With opening night only a week away, Jessica Gaupel tells how she and Ferdinandi were inspired to create this production.

Star Cross'd Jessie GaupelJessica, how did you decide on R&J as your source material?

Lizzy and I started out knowing we wanted to create a show based on Florence and the Machine’s music so we batted around ideas and came up with some original ideas and some other possibilities. We were also looking at Greek Myths, specifically the stories of Psyche and Cupid. There was ultimately a moment where we asked ourselves ‘well what does Florence write about? What’s at the heart of her music? What kind of story does she tell?’ We both agreed that she tells love stories but with a darker twist, so one of us asked, ‘well what’s a dark love story?’  More


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