Brooklyn Shakespeare Festival 2014 / by Anthony Marino

Brooklyn Shakespeare Festival 2014: Romeo + Juliet

The Bard by Anthony Noto

The Bard by Anthony Noto

August 2nd has come and gone... and it was AMAZING! This year we easily doubled the amount of people who came by to see one of our performances.

We also added music, hosted an outside company (Underlings Productions), and had a performer on 4 ft. stilts juggling knives!!! We produced a fast paced, accessible, totally immersive version of Romeo + Juliet, and we performed it 3 times to crowds building up to 100 people through out the day. 

The best part of it all, is after a panicky morning filled with doubt and concern and wondering what the weather might be like for the day, by 11am it was all sunshine...and it stayed that way for the rest of the day, making for a beautiful backdrop to our day in the park.

Kiernan Hamilton (left) with Donal Nolan performing as The Brooklyn Bards. (click image to contact Donal for more information)

Kiernan Hamilton (left) with Donal Nolan performing as The Brooklyn Bards. (click image to contact Donal for more information)

Owls Head Park is magic, and everyone should grab a blanket at some point, take a day to enjoy it before the summer ends! Its truly a gem in Bay Ridge.

Its the continuing mission of brooklynONE to produce works that are original, challenging, immersive, fun and accessible... We think we hit all the right marks with the festival this year. 

We will continue to create performing arts in Bay Ridge for as long as we can at our home St. Johns Parish Hall, and hope to be able to find a new home after that! 

Thanks so much to all!! 

We want to thank all the people who made the Brooklyn Shakespeare Festival possible... including:

Councilman Vincent Gentile
NYC Parks Department
The Brooklyn Bards
Underlings Productions
Owls Head Park Horticulture Club
The O'Donnell Family
 

The Cast and Crew

GIanna Cioffi (Director)
Dylan Kaye (Stage Manager)
artin Boersma (fight choreography)

The incredible cast of Romeo + Juliet

The incredible cast of Romeo + Juliet

Charles Baker (Lord Capulet)
Jolee Cohen (Benvolio)
Mary DeCarlo (Lady Capulet)
Nick Easton (Greg/Servant)
Kate Fallon (Friar Lawrence)
Amy Frey (Juliet)
Jo'Lisa Jones (Nurse/Prince)
Shea Kelly (Mercutio)
Glen Provost (Romeo)
Anthony Noto (Tybalt)
Michael Witkes (Paris)

Anthony Marino (Artistic Director)
Arlene Keating (Production Coordinator)
Denise Kaye (Production Coordinator)