LADY CAPULET

"Melissa Bell reimagines the life of Juliet’s mother in the years before the events of Romeo & Juliet in this classical prequel." –Time Out NY --- "Tantalizing" -Roundtheworldstage.com
What caused the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets? This prequel to Romeo and Juliet follows the journey of Rose from country girl to matriarch, navigating her repression and power in 16th...
"Melissa Bell reimagines the life of Juliet’s mother in the years before the events of Romeo & Juliet in this classical prequel." –Time Out NY --- "Tantalizing" -Roundtheworldstage.com
What caused the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets? This prequel to Romeo and Juliet follows the journey of Rose from country girl to matriarch, navigating her repression and power in 16th Century Verona in a time when family, money, power and gender determine everything.
Using heightened language, LADY CAPULET asks large questions about women’s place in the culture through a Shakespearean lens and features a strong female lead.
Although not a musical, this show has incidental music available without royalty, written by Graham Russell of Air Supply.
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LADY CAPULET

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  • Annie LaRussa:
    22 Sep. 2020
    ROMEO AND JULIET is a play close to my heart. In LADY CAPULET, Melissa Bell imagines the world that created R and J, centered around Juliet's mother. Melissa imagines for us - Why the feud? Why is Lady C so invested in Tybalt ? Why is Lady C so cold to her daughter? It is smart and captivating with the huge added bonus of a complicated female lead!!! What more could one ask for???
  • Donna Hoke:
    21 Sep. 2020
    Full disclosure: I am not a Shakespeare fan but I was RIVETED by a reading of this play (and another full disclosure: I was ten minutes late to it and worried I wouldn't be able to get into it), but it was so amazing, I got sucked right in. Okay, that was my reaction! But the writing is incredible, a brilliant prequel to Romeo and Juliet that has contemporary resonance, a kickass female lead, and that adds layers to the story we all know so well. Out of words but !!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
  • Suzanne Willett:
    8 Sep. 2019
    Bell does a wonderful job of creating the origin story for R&J. Her use of strategy, subterfuge and deceptions are a marvelous homage to Shakespearean tragedy. Rose is a fully realized character struggling to make the most out of her limited options, a struggle that still resonates with women today. Kudos to Bell for taking Shakepeare into the present!

Character Information

  • Rose
    14-30,
    Any
    ,
    woman
    Age range: on the cusp of 14 years old, from the country, fresh, eager to please, with budding sexuality, to a 30-year-old Lady of Verona.
  • The Nurse
    30-45,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Proper where Rose and the family are concerned but possesses a bawdy nature of her own.
  • Montague
    24-38,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    He is handsome and makes light of the world.
    This actor doubles as TYBALT.
  • Lucio
    24-38,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Rose’s loyal older brother; marries the Prince's cousin Helena.
  • Capulet
    30-46,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Formal, sullen, controlled.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Norwalk Public Library Virtual Performance
    ,
    2021
  • Reading
    ,
    CreateTheater Virtual Space
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Turn To Flesh Productions Fifth Annual Staged Reading
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    29th Street Playwrights Collective New Works Series
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Barefoot Shakespeare Company
    ,
    2019

Awards

Finalist
,
Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women
,
Henley Rose
,
2017