R&J Interviews and Reviews!
“Even a 400-year old classic like Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet can speak to the moment, sometimes with stunning particularity. While directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Classic last year, director Joe Goscinski was going through the difficulties of a long-distance relationship complicated by tightening international borders. For this season, he suggested Romeo & Juliet to Roush, specifically because of one feature of its setting in the walled city of Verona, Italy.” -Nicholas Frank, The Rivard Report
“People know the story but they haven’t heard every idea – every thought that’s being spoken in it. I’m looking to flesh out those concepts and make them relevant today. Just because a story is well-known doesn’t mean that it’s always well done. I’m hoping everyone, young or old, will see this play and go, “Wow, I don’t know it had that in it as well.” -Georgie Riggs, The Current
“In keeping with today’s political climate, walls- both literal and symbolic- figure prominently in this contemporary production.”-Kurt Gardner, ArtScene SA
Goscinski hopes “that our audiences will understand how blind hate and fear can make us, and how beautiful life can be when we find beauty in each other.” –Jasmina Wellinghoff, Arts Alive San Antonio
“There is no life beyond Verona walls for Romeo, and so I went with that and built off that, Goscinski said. “What are walls and why do we put up walls? Sometimes, it’s to protect ourselves, but it’s sometimes out of our fears of what we don’t know.”-Deborah Martin, Express News