Monday, September 15, 2014
BROADWAY WORLD -- Twelve years ago it stole the hearts of audiences in San Francisco, and now New Conservatory Theatre Center reimagines Shakespeare’s “R&J” by Joe Calarco, in a powerful, all-new production directed by NCTC’s first Artistic Associate Ben Randle. Shakespeare comes alive when four Catholic school teens, break the rules and secretly re-enact “Romeo and Juliet” — the timeless story of dangerous forbidden love. Randle raises the stakes on this “electrifying” (Entertainment Weekly) and “vibrant, hot-blooded adaptation” (The New York Times), as it returns to our stage now set in a Jesuit school in Cairo, Egypt, where revealing who you are can still be a crime. Director Ben Randle is NCTC’s first-ever Artistic Associate and has directed several acclaimed productions for the company. He has a Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University and was a member of Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab in 2010.