ROMEO

+JULIET

JULY 10-12 & 17-20, 2019

THE RUTGERS GARDENS

graphic art by Max Friedman

by

directed by

located at

performances on

William Shakespeare

Jacqueline Knollhuff

The Rutgers Gardens

July 10-12 & 17-20

 

Photos courtesy of Justin Jajalla Photography 

 

VENUE

RUTGERSGARDENS

112 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Rutgers Gardens is a self-sustaining operation and relies on visitor support. Funds for maintaining the Gardens, purchasing equipment and materials, supporting salaries, and providing public programs are raised through facility rental fees, special events, membership dues and donations from our generous supporters.  Rutgers Gardens is one of the few botanical gardens in the country that does not charge a visitor’s fee and is open 365 days a year.

FOODVENDORS

FRITZ'S

After several years of renovating a house from 1882, Fritz’s has established itself as a fast casual restaurant in the heart of the Easton Avenue neighborhood. We have created a cozy environment that is perfect for lunch away from the office, a study break snack or dinner with friends. We serve our sandwiches on house-made breads featuring fresh roasts, as well as vegetarian and vegan options, with house-made sauces. We don’t stop at sandwiches, but also offer over 40 different scratch-made desserts and bakery treats. Our menu and bakery options will change with the seasons as The Garden State inspires us.

 

CAST

ROMEO / NIALL NG

Niall Ng (Romeo) is a NY and NJ actor and director. His self-produced directing credits include Unseamly and Rabbit Hole. Regional acting credits include Twelfth Night (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey) and Mr. Popper's Penguins (The Growing Stage). BFA in Acting from Montclair State University. www.niallng.com

FRIAR / ROBERT GOODWIN

Robert Goodwin (Friar) has most recently been in Arsenic and Old Lace, A Midsummer's Night Dream, Othello, Romeo and Juliet as Lord Montague and Friar John, Treasure Island, Prelude to a Kiss, and now in Romeo and Juliet as Friar Lawrence. He thanks everyone for the opportunity to be in this adventurous production.

JULIET / NISHIKA BAGCHI

Nishika Bagchi (Juliet) is ecstatic to be part of her first Rethink production! She is a junior studying theater and neuroscience at Rutgers, and has participated in numerous student theater productions. She would like to thank Rethink for welcoming her so warmly, as well as her friends and family for the constant encouragement.

PRINCE / CELINE DIRKES

Celine Dirkes (Prince) is an actor and a teaching artist in the New Brunswick area. You may have seen them in ReThink’s Little Shop of Horrors as the plant puppet, or in Rita the Cleaning Lady: A New Musical as Pinky. They are grateful for everyone who made this performance possible!

MONTAGUE /

CLAUDIA MERCEDES NUÑEZ

Claudia Mercedes Nuñez (Montague) is a recent graduate of the William Esper Studio where she spent two years studying the Meisner Technique under the tutelage of Deb Jackel and David Newer. She’s grateful for the opportunity ReThink Theatrical provides for actors and audiences. Claudia would like to thank her teachers and parents. Instagram: @claudiamercedesnunez

LADY MONTAGUE /

JESSICA JASIONOWSKI

Jessica Jasionowski (Lady Montague) is delighted to make her ReThink Theatrical debut. She is a graduate of Rutgers University where she studied psychology, English, and Irish literature. Jessica is grateful to her loving family and friends for their continued support and to the ReThink Theatrical team for creating such a welcoming space.

CAPULET /

LEONID WEISMANTEL

Leonid Weismantel (Capulet) is a student at Rutgers University pursuing a degree in Music Education from the Mason Gross School of the Arts. He would like to thank his friends and family, as well as his ReThink family who have continued to support him throughout his endeavors both onstage and off.

NURSE / AMY CRUZ

Amy Cruz (Nurse) is thrilled to be in her third show with ReThink Theatrical! Her other ReThink roles include a singer in Stages: A Legacy in Revue and Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors. She would like to thank her castmates, staff, and family for helping her bring this beloved character to life.

TYBALT / ERIC HACKLER

Thrilled to make his ReThink stage debut. He previously choreographed fights for Macbeth & Robin Hood. On stages past, he's played Hamlet (Hamlet), & Katurian (Pillowman). In daylight, he's a photo/cinematographer. Unending thanks to this theatrical family. It was everything I imagined it to be. Stay saucy, y’all! www.erichackler.com

PARIS / JOHN LERMAN

John Lerman (Paris) is thrilled to be making his debut performance with ReThink. He recently graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Supply Chain Management. Previous credits include Cabaret Theatre’s Rutgers Night Live, Peter and the Starcatcher (Boy), Significant Other (Jordan), and Hand to God (Director). A huge thank you to the cast, staff, friends, and family for their support.

ABRAM / MOLLIE BABOS

Molly Babos (Abram) is so excited to be in her first show for Rethink Theatrical! She is a rising sophomore at The New School for Drama studying acting and playwriting. She would like to thank the cast and crew of R+J, as they have all been so wonderful. Enjoy the show!

LADY CAPULET /

REBECCA MADEIRA

Rebecca Madeira (Lady Capulet) is a third year music major at Rutgers, and she is so grateful to a part of her third ReThink production, after assistant directing Little Shop of Horrors and playing Maid Marian in Robin Hood. Thank you to the cast and staff for making this magic possible. 1 Thes 5:16-18

MERCUTIO / ALLIE KROEPER

"Thank you, ReThink, for having me again. It's been amazing working with this incredible team!" Laugh at Allie by watching Howdy Stranger improv. Listen to Allie and Genevieve Hoeler at Bit Lip: A Teen Movie Podcast. Catch Allie in NYC at the Magnet Theater or with The Greenhouse Ensemble.

BENVOLIO / RYAN MOREY

Ryan Morey (Benvolio) is a long, thin, cylindrical pasta. Ryan is a staple of Italian cuisine. Like other pasta, Ryan is made of milled wheat and water and sometimes enriched with vitamins and minerals. Authentic Italian Ryan is made from durum wheat semolina, but it may be made with other kinds of flour.

SAMPSON / 

JOSH ROSENZWIEG

This is Josh’s first production with ReThink Theatrical! Some of his past contemporary credits include Clybourne Park, Young Frankenstein, and Urinetown, and his prior Shakespearean productions include As You Like It and Comedy of Errors! He loves to write, perform, and aspires to someday work at Starbucks alongside his best pal, Gregory!

GREGORY / JORDAN WOODS

Jordan Woods (Gregory) is a newcomer to acting, and Romeo and Juliet his debut production. He attends Rutgers University and double majors in Art History and Psychology, aspiring towards museum work. Though acting is new territory for him, Jordan’s performance history includes Fusion Color guard (2017-18), and high-school concerts at Carnegie Hall (2015-16).

BALTHAZAR / JACK OLIVER

Jack Oliver (Balthesar) has had an amazing time taking part in his first production with ReThink Theatrical. He's previously worked in Cabaret Theatre productions, playing Lewis (Pippin) and Sam (The Wild Party). He would like to thank his loving parents and his girlfriend Nishika, who plays Juliet, for their continued support and love.

 

STAFF

JACQUELINEKNOLLHUFF

Director

Jacqueline Knollhuff is a freelance director. She holds a Master's in Theatre Studies from Montclair State University. She has worked at such companies as Burning Coal Theatre Company, Centenary Stage Company, and Luna Stage company. Her passions include new play development, working with children, and theatre for persons with disabilities.

CHELSEA JOYWOODS

Assistant Director

Chelsea Joy Woods is the dramaturg & archivist for ReThink, as well as a public youth services librarian. She specializes in urban librarianship, multicultural programming, community engagement, & equitable access to information for children & families. She is thrilled to be assistant directing her first show with this wonderful company & cast

GALIZABOROWSKI

Stage Manager

Gali Zaborowski is honored to have been part of this incredible production. Endless love to the entire production staff, her awesome assistant Amy, the immensely talented and ~saucy~ cast, and the Rethink staff for the opportunity to become part of the insanely welcoming, supportive, and hilarious ReThink family.

AMYLASSITER

Assistant Stage Manager

Amy Lassiter is thrilled to work on her first ReThink production! She is majoring in Journalism at Rutgers University with a minor in Theater and has been stage managing for about six years. She sends her love to the cast, pro-staff, and everyone who made R&J possible (shoutout to William ️)

EMMETTMITTERANDO

Set Designer

Emmett Mitterando is excited to work with ReThink Theatrical for his third show. As his first time set designing with them, he is excited to see how these talented actors interact with the set he has created. Emmett does many aspects of theatre and will be participating in a BFA program in Theater Production & Design at Ithaca College in the fall.

MARISSAAUCOIN

Co-Choreographer

Marissa Aucoin is a passionate artist who utilizes dance to empower individuals and build community. She holds an MFA and BFA in Dance from The College at Brockport and Montclair State University, respectively, and is committed Rethink’s mission to create accessible, high quality theater for everyone. For more information about Marissa, please visit www.marissaaucoin.org.

DANIELLEDURSO

Co-Choreographer

Danielle (Danni) Durso is a high school English and Creative Writing teacher in NJ. She received her Ed.M in English high school education and her B.A. in English from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. During her time at RU, Danni also earned her minor in Dance while continuing to perform, direct, and choreograph for The Livingston Theatre Company and Cabaret Theater. Post-College Danni has worked with ReThink Theatrical and the Perth Amboy Community Theater.

ERICHACKLER

Fight Choreographer

Thrilled to make his ReThink stage debut. He previously choreographed fights for Macbeth & Robin Hood. On stages past, he's played Hamlet (Hamlet), & Katurian (Pillowman). In daylight, he's a photo/cinematographer. Unending thanks to this theatrical family. It was everything I imagined it to be. Stay saucy, y’all! www.erichackler.com

JESSICAJASIONOWSKI

Hair / Makeup Designer

Jessica Jasionowski is delighted to make her ReThink Theatrical debut. She is a graduate of Rutgers University where she studied psychology, English, and Irish literature. Jessica is grateful to her loving family and friends for their continued support and to the ReThink Theatrical team for creating such a welcoming space.

LIAMMCGEARY

Music Composer

Liam McGeary is from North Brunswick New Jersey. He attends Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, studying Jazz and Music Education. Liam also works in musical theatre as a pit musician, music director, and performer around the Tri-state area.

SPECIAL THANKS

THE RUTGERS GARDENS STAFF
JACOB'S WELL
MATT LEDDIN
OUR VOLUNTEERS
MILO DUNCAN
 
 

a note from

the director

ReThink is dedicated to interesting and accessible storytelling, but what does "accessibility" mean? Free tickets are great- and ReThink will always be free- yet there is much more to accessibility. When I was taken on as the director of this project, I thought beyond the scope of the timeless play itself.  I considered how to make this story open to people who have seen it many times, who only have a passing familiarity with the work, and who might not have much interest in theater at all. The impact of a play can be measured by what the audience sees of themselves represented on stage.  I believe that one of the most beautiful aspects of theater is that it is for everyone, regardless of age, race, nationality, gender, or sexual orientation. Someone who can relate to the humanity on stage can become engrossed in the story, and even transported to another time and place because they have a tangible connection to the performance.

 

I am proud to say that ReThink's production of Romeo and Juliet has a cast of actors from many different walks of life and that the actors have brought their own viewpoints and storytelling skills to the stage. Romeo and Juliet is a timeless classic because of its wonderful theme of love in its many varieties: romantic, platonic, friendly, and familial. Set in no particular time period in Verona, Italy, we played with the ideas of gender roles- the Montagues representing masculinity; the Capulets, femininity- to show that both are, in fact, fluid. Social and generational division is the adversity the title characters must overcome, but the potential for young love is ripped away from them because their families are unable to change, a reminder that if we are unable to change for our next generations they will face tragedy. I like to welcome all of you again to Rethink Production of Romeo and Juliet in the beautiful Rutgers Gardens.    

Jacqueline Knollhuff

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