The CCRI Players’ March production of “Romeo and Juliet” will transport the audience not to fair Verona in the Renaissance period, but to the height of the swing music era of 1935 in a locale reminiscent of gangland Chicago.
Associate Professor Theodore Clement, director of the CCRI Players’ production, said he chose this era because of the natural parallels between it and the warring families of the original setting.
“The Capulets and the Montagues are two households locked in a bloody feud. The city is besieged with the violence between the two. To me that just screams organized crime and Mafia warfare,” he said.
This shift in setting has allowed for some other unique elements for CCRI audiences to enjoy, including a live swing band that will play throughout the show, enabling transitions, underscoring dramatic moments and serving as a central feature of the Capulets’ ball.
The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, March 2 to 4, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5, in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the college’s Knight Campus in Warwick. Tickets cost $10 for the general public and $8 for students and senior citizens. Telephone reservations may be made by calling 401-825-2219 at any time.