Star Cross’d Romeo and Juliet Come to Brooklyn Heights

Arguably William Shakespeare’s most famous play, “Romeo and Juliet” is currently being staged at St. Charles Borromeo Church on Sidney Place. In this version, presented by Theater 2020, the warring Capulets and Montagues are Muslim and Hindu, with the action largely occurring amid the altar and aisles; the director, David Fuller, also used the pulpit to serve as Juliet’s balcony in the famous “Wherefore are thou, Romeo?” scene. (In my mind, the best of the show.) Love quickly drives Juliet from swooning to suicidal, though Poonam Basu handles both extremes with equal aplomb, while Nicholas Pollifrone dominates the altar/stage as his Mercutio grows unhinged.

From Theater 2020:

A troupe of eight skilled street performers tells this timeless tale of adolescent love through the prism of 21st Century attitudes and prejudices in a trim 90-minute version: when a Hindu and a Muslim fall in love at first sight, sparks fly, igniting centuries-old tribal passions. Love and laughter are followed by death and despair: why must it take tragedy to bury ancient animosities?

Tickets can be bought on site or here—hurry and you can make tonight’s performance at 8:00! And for those who are wondering, the church is air conditioned.

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  • Yorick

    Saw the show. Very impressive directing and acting. Hope to see more of this group in the future!

  • cm

    I’m going next week. See what I think.

  • Princess

    The audiences have been great so far, but we want you all to see! Come on over this Thursday at 7pm, Friday or Saturday at 8pm or Sunday at 3pm. AIR CONDITIONED Shakespeare. Wheeeeee!

  • Jeffrey Smith

    ut we come back to the basic issue. What is this doing in a Catholic institution? How does this “entertainment” serve the basic role
    of the the Church to honor our lord and save eternal souls?

    It Doesn’t

  • Arch Stanton

    Jeffery if souls eternal why do they need saving?

  • Mickey

    My questions to Mr. Smith are: if the Catholic Church doesn’t invite others into its buildings, how can they expect to invite them into their faith? I’ve been gone a while, but doesn’t the Catholic Church still believe that it is every baptized person’s responsibility to spread the Gospel? If you don’t reach out to the non-faithful, isn’t your soul just as much in jeopardy for not spreading the Word that you have been given? How can you open your heart to the true God and shut out some of his children at the same time?

  • David Fuller

    Why not come and experience our beautiful production in the beautiful church and THEN discuss things in an open rational manner?

    Shakespeare gives us his point right at the start of the play:
    “From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
    A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;
    Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
    Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.”

    “Romeo & Juliet” is about love, tolerance and acceptance, something it seems we all need to be reminded of now and then.

    4 more performaces in AIR CONDITIONED St. Charles Borromeo Church. Come one, come all!!!

  • David Fuller

    2 more performances in air-conditioned St. Charles Borromeo Church. Tonight at 8 and tomorrow at 3! The audiences have been loving it! We hope to see more BH Bloggers!!

  • CM

    Finally saw this last night. Shakespeare is not my particular interest, but all of this talk made me curious. Really nice job. Good acting and nice use of space which didn’t seem out of place at all. They had a decent little crowd too. The group announced a Jane Austen piece coming up in the future. They seem very enthusiastic. Nice addition to the neighborhood.

  • David Fuller

    I just wanted to take a moment to thank all you readers who saw our performance at St. Charles Borromeo Church. We had a great run there — now it’s on to Brooklyn Bridge Park for 2 FREE performances, Saturday July 30 at 6pm and Sunday July 31 at 2pm. We are the first theater company to perform in our new park and are very excited about it. Here’s hoping “BARD at PIER ONE” will become an annual event!!