Written by Romeo and Juliet cast member and Grassroots Shakespeare Company All-Star, Kyle Oram:
Getting to work with exceptional people has always been a key benefit of Grassroots, but what I've loved most about the process is that applying principles of original practice seems to reveal hidden gems throughout the play. We end up discovering ways in which Shakespeare’s original audiences likely experienced his theater.
For example, questions posed by characters that may appear rhetorical to the modern reader, seem to have had a direct link instead to the audience. Romeo queries, “Can I go forward when my heart his here?” and later, “Shall I hear more or shall I speak at this?” In the absence of the 19th-century convention of the fourth wall, it seems likely such questions must have elicited a response from the boisterous Elizabethan crowds. Indeed, it is this interplay between player and spectator that has shaped the discoveries and style of our company.
We aim to please the crowd, embodying the language with clarity and a shared sense of purpose with our audience--to inhabit the theatrical space together and better grasp the wit and heart of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
Kyle will be playing Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.
More about Kyle Oram:
It was the Shakespeare's Globe 2005 production of Pericles in London that sparked Kyle's interest in the rehearsal and performance conditions of the early modern theater. Since then, Kyle has appeared in 14 Grassroots productions and completed an internship at the American Shakespeare Center in Stanton, Virginia. A graduate of the UVU Theatre Arts program, he played in the award-winning Eurydice, Tinney's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (a title he took to heart in his subsequent success as a consultant with Utah's highest rated solar company--SolarTek), and Gilbert and Sullivan's infamous romp, The Mikado.
"This production is flooded with some of the greatest talents I know, so I'll be doing my best to keep up. Enjoy the show!"
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.
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