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A Newtown Arts Festival Kick-Off Program:
A play in one act by Newtown resident Jan Neuberger, O Heavy Lightness imagines the aftermath of the deaths of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as experienced by two of that iconic tragedy’s secondary characters. Set one year to the day from the senseless suicides of the star-crossed young lovers, the action pivots on the unlikely coming together of Juliet’s beloved Nurse and Lord Montague, Romeo’s father. Widely separated by class distinction and clan alliance, the two discover common ground in the process of mourning—and even laughing—together. While the plot is entirely original, the play’s language echoes closely the Elizabethan idiom in which Shakespeare and his contemporaries spoke and wrote.
Neuberger’s colleague Brian Feehan, a Wilton resident, will direct the cast of three (a young servant girl figures in the action as well). Jean Tafler, an accomplished classical actress with over thirty Shakespeare productions to her credit, is set to play the Nurse; Robert Resnikoff, who will be familiar to those fortunate enough to have seen Kate Katcher’s Stray Kats production of Small World: A Fantasia this past winter, takes on the role of Montague. Newtown resident Caroline McArdle, currently a senior at the Wooster School and already a Shakespeare veteran, will bring servant girl Nell to life.
The audience is invited to join the author, director and cast in a post-performance Q & A.
Please contact NewtownArtsFestival@gmail.com with questions.