Romeo and Juliet
Millions of students and amateur actors perform Shakespeare on stage and in classrooms every year, but the result is often a compromise. The complete plays are too long and complex, while scene selections or simplified language are too limited.
The 30-Minute Shakespeare is a new series of abridgements that tell the story of each play from start to finish while keeping the beauty of Shakespeare's language intact. Specific stage directions and character suggestions give even inexperienced actors the tools to perform Shakespeare with confidence, understanding, and fun!
This edition of Romeo and Juliet is edited to four key scenes, starting with the lyrical Prologue and the foreboding opening brawl. The cutting includes the timeless balcony scene; the harsh scolding of Juliet by her father; and the final moments at the tomb. Also included is an essay by series editor Nick Newlin on how to produce a Shakespeare play with novice actors, and notes about the original production of this abridgement at the Folger Shakespeare Library's annual Student Shakespeare Festival.
Nick Newlin, 2010, Paperback, 64 Pages. ISBN-13: 978-1-9355-5001-3.