Starcrossed

"In any form, by any name, I shall love you ‘til I die."

 
 
"Death of Mercutio Romeo's Friend" Edwin Austin Abby 1904

"Death of Mercutio Romeo's Friend" Edwin Austin Abby 1904

The story

In this Romeo and Juliet re-imagining, Tybalt and Mercutio now fill the roles of the starcrossed lovers born to be enemies. Constructed around Shakespeare's original dialogue and expanded upon into a love story of intrigue, scheming, and hope, two beloved characters get new life, as they each grow into individuals hoping to find a companion in a world where their sexuality has no voice or champion. Exploring the battle of defining one's heart, and the ultimate tragedy of the many loves erased from history, Starcrossed is, to its core, the story of what happens when love is stifled. 


Development

A newer but fast-moving work, Starcrossed had its first reading in September 2017. Starcorssed will make it's World Premiere at FringeNYC this October. With only three performers, and no substantial set to tell the tale, Starcrossed focuses on the words that build us up, tear us down, and mend our hearts in times of need. 

Mercutio (Connor Delves) and Tybalt (Eric Bermudez)

Mercutio (Connor Delves) and Tybalt (Eric Bermudez)


The Original FringeNYC cast.

The Original FringeNYC cast.

Productions

Starcrossed premiered as a part of FringeNYC 2018. starcrossedtheplay.com.

Praise for Starcrossed

"They are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, but instead of existential dilemma, they channel the Geist of gay rights." 

https://www.popdust.com/starcrossed-fringenyc-review-2616098971.html

 “It's a bold writer who will take on the task of matching new comedy to Shakespeare, and it's a writer with a really good ear who succeeds. Ms Garnet's repurposed words and phrases fit new situations behind the scenes of Shakespeare's enduring Romeo and Juliet.”

http://www.curtainup.com/fringe18.html

 

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