This spring, Kenan Theatre Company is putting on "Romeo and Juliet" with a twist — the play will focus on changing gender norms and modernizing the typical style of the show. The goal of the show will be to see how the changes made will alter the overall ambiance of the play.
“I’m just fascinated by the idea of how we’re switching the genders of the two lead roles," said sophomore Elizabeth Durham, one of the producers of the play. "There will be other switches as well, and some of the roles are remaining the same just for purposes of telling a story that suits what we want to say."
One aspect of the play that will remain the same is the strict and traditional role of the parents. Jennifer Latimer, the director of the show, said the parents will be represented in heterosexual relationships to emphasize that they are not progressive.
On Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019 and Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, Kenan Theatre Company will be holding auditions for their production of the Shakespearean classic “Romeo and Juliet” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Actors are encouraged to prepare a modern Shakespearean monologue of no more than 15 lines for the audition and to behave as themselves, not the gender of their character.
“What we’re mostly doing is looking at the actors who audition and fitting them to parts, not fitting them based on their gender," Durham said. "Also the set will be really cool, so I’m excited for that because we’re actually switching up the layout of the theater itself, so that’s something to look forward to as well."