Nature Theater of Oklahoma

Nature Theater of Oklahoma, New York
“Romeo and Juliet”

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

© Peter Nigrini

  • Length 1h 30, no interval
  • In English with English and German surtitles

Past Dates

Artist talk
30 June following the performance
HAU Hebbel am Ufer / HAU1

“How does the story of Romeo and Juliet go again?” The basis for this evening with the Nature Theater of Oklahoma is a series of telephone conversations in which the interlocutors were asked to tell this well-known story from beginning to end – in their own words. But as no one could remember the plot exactly, this version of the play takes a few unexpected twists and turns. Hilarious new scenes turn up and some astonishing questions. Who loved whom first? Did they ever have sex? Who killed Mercutio? How did it go again with the poison and dying? As the 30 participants (friends, relatives and company members) try to invent themselves out of their own narrative blind alleys, versions of the story compound in an array of competing scenarios, characters and plots. These different versions of the story are superimposed on each other and told with such emphasis that at the end of “Romeo and Juliet”, we are not quite sure what actually happened to the greatest lovers of all times. A seductive and confusing version of this Shakespearean classic is created by collective memory with so many ingenious details that they must surely have been there in the first place. A play about things that we think we know – and how we remember them. And the perfect introduction to the world of the Nature Theater of Oklahoma.

Conceived and directed by Pavol Liska, Kelly Copper
From conversations with Linda Copper, Eliotte Crowell, Anne Gridley, Teresa Gridley, Jo Liegerot, Robert M. Johanson, Zachary Oberzan, Kristin Worrall
Design by Peter Nigrini
Production manager Dany Naierman

Anne Gridley, Robert M. Johanson, Elisabeth Conner

A production of International Summerfestival Hamburg, Salzburger Festspiele, in co-production with Kaaitheater (Brussels), Workspace Brussels, Buda Kunstencentrum (Kortrijk), Noorderzon Festival (Groningen), Grand Theatre Groningen and Wexner Center for the Arts / Ohio State University.

“Das große Nature Theater of Oklahoma ruft Euch!” is a joint project of HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Berliner Festspiele / Foreign Affairs, funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
HAU / Hebbel am Ufer