Monday, February 2, 2015

Alex Ungerman: Romeo and Juliet 2015

Written by Romeo and Juliet cast member and Grassroots Shakespeare Company All-Star, Alex Ungerman:


What’s your favorite part of the Grassroots rehearsal process?

We frequently receive criticism that our shows “could use a director,” but one of my favorite things about creating with Grassroots is the liveliness and vitality that emerge in the absence of a singular vision.
 When we’ve got a good cast of people who are confident in their art and are willing to really dig in and play, that’s when the magic happens. Seeing the myriad of ideas and perspectives that pour out in rapid-fire succession during a Grassroots rehearsal is a masterclass in directorial approaches. So, even though we don’t have a director for our shows, I feel I’ve learned more about effective directing––about what does and doesn’t work––from participating in our shows than anywhere else.

How are you approaching the role of the Prince in this production?

Even though the Prince appears only briefly, his powerful presence reverberates through the story. It’s clear to me that the Prince is one of Shakespeare’s idealized versions of benevolent nobility. The Prince is a good guy––merciful to a fault––but ultimately unable to restrain the violence of his subjects or shield them from the ensuing consequences. I’m approaching his role as peacekeeper in the story as “good cop” and seeing where that sort of imagery will take me.

Alex will be playing The Prince in Romeo and Juliet

More about Alex Ungerman:

Alex Ungerman is co-founder of the Grassroots Shakespeare Company (Utah) and Grassroots Shakespeare Alabama. 'Romeo and Juliet' will be the eleventh Grassroots show he has appeared in. Some of his favorite roles from Shakespeare include: Pericles, Orsino, Benedick, Orlando, and Jacques. Aside from Grassroots, favorite touring experiences include BYU Young Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Our Valentines Day run of Romeo and Juliet will have a very limited run from Feb 13th-14th at the Ladies Literary Club (850 E South Temple) in Salt Lake City. 

Get your tickets now HERE

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