Current HRI-Ragdale Residential Creative Fellow

Nisi Sturgis, Theatre

While at Ragdale, Professor Sturgis will develop a project that seeks to fuse two of Shakespeare’s plays that focus on youth, rebellion, first love, and polarization within a community into a single, long-form theatrical experience. Each part of the event will be a stand-alone two-hour production but could also be seen as a larger single-evening event. Both Romeo and Juliet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona take place in a fictionalized version of Verona, Italy. In this new work, THE VERONA PLAYS, Sturgis will use that location as a way to explore the way personal betrayals and prejudices can have an impact that extends past our own time into future generations. The first part will focus primarily on The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Part Two will look at the characters from Romeo and Juliet as descendants of those in Part One, all the while exploring parallel themes like forgiveness, old wounds, and generational grief patterning.

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