Grace Teddy plays the Prologue, Citizen of Ventura, and Watch in OTE Shakespeare in the Hills’ Romeo and Juliet opening this Friday, July 28 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.
What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
I feel like the challenge to bring any Shakespeare play to life is getting rid of the idea that all his work is stuffy and dull. His tragedies have a lot of humor in them, and just about all of his plays have some bawdy humor in them. So trying to dispel the myth that this is the same Romeo and Juliet that you were forced to read freshman year of high school is probably the hardest part about bringing this story to life. Building and tearing down the set every performance is probably going to be difficult too.
How is this production bringing something new to this story?
This production is bringing Romeo & Juliet to California during the mid-1800’s. That allows for the intermingling of Spanish with the original text, which is intriguing. This is normally a script that people know backwards and forwards, and then there’s this different place and parts are in a different language that gives us this new life to the story.
What do you love about this character?
I love that I get to start the show. It’s a lot of fun to tell this entire story in one sonnet, and then everyone else gets to elaborate and bring it to life!
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
The biggest challenge is that my characters have so few lines. If there are more lines it’s easier to glean who the character is and build from there, but when there isn’t a lot your character says, you have to build up from scratch everything about who that character is. It’s very freeing, but also somewhat daunting.
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
Most of my free time that is not taken up by theatre I spend reading.
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
I would love to be in Hairspray.
This is Grace‘s first production with On the Edge Theatre. Previous works include Louise in Private Lives and Marie “Fatty” Pert in Look Homeward Angel. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with this group to make such a great show.
This summer’s Shakespeare in the Hills production transports the well-loved story of Romeo and Juliet to 1845 and the conflicted world of Alta California. With sword fights, immersive staging, and a blend of comedy and tragedy, this production for all ages is not to be missed!
Bring a blanket or your lawn chair, bring your meal and make it a picnic event for Shakespeare in the Hills’ outdoor performance presented by On The Edge Theatre Productions (www.otetheatre.com). All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green.
Performances @ 7pm, July 28th & 29th; August 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th. Tickets $10
Age 12 and under free. All participants of age 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are sold (cash only) on the day of the show. You may also purchase your ticket early online (class registration). No refunds or transfers for this event. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event. Call 949-707-2680 for more information.
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