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Farewell My Friend: The Romance of Romeo and Juliet was (re)discover theatre’s initial version of Farewell My Friend. This production allowed the audience to submerge themselves in an immersive, promenade experience that traveled throughout multiple rooms. Upon entering, audience members were fated to follow either Romeo or Juliet through the rollercoaster of Shakespeare's story. The tale of Tristan and Iseult paralleled, and helped drive, Romeo and Juliet's journey. This production laid the frame work for the fully immersive, free roaming production the following year.

Farewell My Friend: The Romance of Romeo and Juliet

Directed by Janet Howe & Matt Wills

[September 18 - October 18, 2015]

with (re)discover theatre

"The most intriguing aspect of (re)siscover theatre's ambitious overhaul of Shakespeare’s indefatigable tale of adolescent star-crossed lovers is its deliberate bifurcation." - Chicago Reader


"From female friars to pierced, punk leads, Farewell My Friend: The Romance of Romeo and Juliet will keep you on your toes" -Chicago Theatre Review

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CAST:
Ned Baker: Romeo
Eliza Fichter: Juliet
Rachel Pallante: Nurse
Claire Bauman: Friar
Aaron Wertheim: Benvolio
Kelly Schmidt: Mercutio
Francisco Lopez: Paris / King Mark
Eric Duhon: Tybalt
Brennan Roach: Capulet
Kristi Forsch: Lady Capulet
Elizabeth Rentfro: Lady Montague
Brian Barber: Tristan
Shaina Schrooten: Iseult
Eric Parmer: Ensemble (U/S Tybalt)
Antora DeLong: Ensemble (U/S Juliet, Lady Mont)

CREATIVE:
Matt Wills: Co-Director
Janet Howe: Co-Director / Choreographer
Andrew Lund: Assistant Dir. / Choreographer
Genevieve Lally: Assistant Dir. / Choreographer
Kate Black: Production Stage Manager
Molly Donahue: Stage Manager / Fight Captain
Celeste Kelley: Assistant Stage Manager / Wardrobe
Ellen Johson: Assistant Stage Manager
Emily Boyd: Set / Props Designer
Laura Wiley: Lighting Designer
Marisa Allison: Costume Designer
William Bennett: Fight Director
Jack Wallace: Text and Voice Coach
Matt Test: Sound Designer
Matt Orenstein: Composer
Bobby Arnold: Production Coordinator