Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, which opens this weekend, is the final show of the Chautauqua Theater Company season. It is the only time during the season the entire conservatory — all 14 actors, four design fellows and one directing fellow — comes together.
“I really feel like it’s our show,” said conservatory actor Jules Latimer, the production’s Benvolio and narrator. “I think it’s going to be really special, in that we all have spent so much time together here, and the whole play is about love, and it’s about things that are just incredible, that you just can’t control. I think a lot of us really identify with that at any age.”
Beyond the conservatory, the all-hands-on-deck production depends on the work of guest actors, visiting stage designers and coaches, and the backstage crew. Daily staff photographer Erin Clark has been documenting their work on Romeo & Juliet since the beginning of the season. — Text by Dara McBride