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Romeo & Juliet: A Requiem
April 25 May 27
An "innovative, poignant, and funny" reimagining of Shakespeare's classic.

Romeo and Juliet have been dead a year. The feuding households of Montague and Capulet must reckon with their shared blame and relive the star-crossed lovers’ final days. In our intimate, six-actor version of Shakespeare’s play, the original text is inventively reconstructed to become a vibrant act of redemption and reconciliation.

Approximately 90 minutes.

April 25-May 27, 2018 By William Shakespeare Conceived for Six Actors by Zak Berkman & Samantha Reading Adapted and Directed by Samantha Reading Leonard C. Haas Stage
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Cast and Creative Team
Lady Montague
Lord Capulet
Lady Capulet
Friar
Lord Montague
Playwright
Director, Adapter & Co-Conceiver
Co-Conceiver & Line Producer
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer
Dramaturg
Stage Manager
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The Evolution of a Shakespeare Text
Back in June 2017, visiting scholar and dramaturg Geoff Proehl and People’s Light’s Resident Director Samantha Reading quarantined themselves in...
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Why a Requiem?
This production emerged from a ‘What If’ I posed to our Artistic Staff a few years ago. What if the parents, nurse, and friar re-enacted the tragedy...
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Enhance Your Experience
Scoop on Wednesdays

Lively pre-performance discussions about the play with Resident Dramaturg Gina Pisasale and Jeanne Sakata (Lady Capulet). Add Scoop to your shopping cart with ticket purchase for only $5: register here.

6pm in the Leonard C. Haas lobby May 2nd, 16th, 23rd

AfterWORDS

Facilitated post-performance conversations with the cast after Thursday evening performances, excluding previews. 

May 10th, 17th, 24th

Relaxed Performance

A live theatre experience that invites and encourages individuals with (but not limited to): Autism, ADD, ADHD, Dementia, and sensory sensitivities to all take part in the joy of live theatre. Get more info here.

May 27th at 2pm

Preshow Materials:
Scene by Scene Guide
Sensitive Themes
Character Guide

Audio Description & Sensory Tour

Audio description headsets provide commentary on the visual aspects of a performance (the set, costumes, and lighting effects, as well as the physical actions and body language of the actors) for our patrons with visual impairments. This supplemental narration interweaves with the real-time, spoken dialogue, so patrons won’t miss a moment of the performance. In conjunction with this service, the sensory tour offers the opportunity to experience up close and feel certain key props and costume pieces. Interested patrons can register with the box office at 610.644.3500 to participate in the tour, which begins at 1:15pm.

May 27th at 2pm

Dinner and a Show

Enjoy a prix fixe dinner-and-a-show package at our award-winning restaurant, The Farmhouse Bistro. Theatre ticket and dinner packages start at $81. That's a savings of up to 15% off the single ticket price! You can also add on a prix fixe dinner to any existing ticket order for $40.

Open Caption Performances

An LED screen near the stage displays dialogue in real-time, simultaneous with live speech and action. No other aspect of the performance is altered.

May 16th at 2pm & 7:30pm, May 20th at 2pm

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What's the Buzz?
"At 90 minutes with no intermission, the play is the perfect length for a quick night out, especially for those who want to treat themselves to an evening of theatre done well in a terrific venue."
Best in Philly
  • "Powerful, vulnerable, poignant, and funny"

    "Beautiful set design... the sound and lighting design add an unobtrusive air of class."

    "Thoughtful and innovative"

    — Best in Philly

  • "One of Requiem’s many charms is that actors who would never be cast in these roles get to play them."

    "Shakespeare had a theory, and Requiem does much to prove it."

    — Broad Street Review

  • "It is easy to see the allure of Reading and Berkman's transformative work."

    Play Shakespeare

  • "Utilizes the talents of six seasoned performers who have vast experience presenting Shakespeare."

    "Costumer Marla Jurglanis does her usual job of creating wonderfully detailed ensembles."

    "I'm still thinking about this play."

    — Delco Culture Vultures