Max Sorg plays Romeo in OTE’s SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS production of Romeo and Juliet opening July 28, 2017 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.
What’s challenging about bringing the script to life?
The hardest thing is not letting the tragedy overtake the rest of the play. It’s so easy to fall into the darker aspects of this play, but most of it is written as a comedy. The tragedy of the play is allowing the characters victories to feel like victories rather than temporary respites before the final act of desperation.
What’s going to surprise people about this show?
How easy it is to understand the language. OTE’s actors have a remarkable gift of letting the language flow like it’s regular everyday English. The intention behind each word is so clear. I really feel like people are not going to be put off by the Shakespearean dialect, and they’re just going to see a really great show.
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Given that Romeo is such an iconic role, I need to find his voice in me. It’s hard because so many iconic actors have done this role, and it’s important to find my own take on the character without letting the other portrayals influence my work.
What do you love about this character?
Romeo is so in the moment. Every moment is so important to him, and he’ll get lost in moments of beauty and sadness. As an actor these types of characters are a dream, because you have to stay engaged with the script and be as connected as possible to each moment. It is also an incredibly humbling experience, because the character is so smart and so great with his words. He’s such a challenge to portray, but when I feel like I get him right, that’s the moment I did my job correctly.
If you could play any other character in the show, who would it be?
Mercutio. That character gets the best sword fight, the best speech, and the actor gets to sit back and read a book in the second act.
When did you first perform?
I acted out Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak to my parents when I was three or four years old. I had memorized the entire book, so I decided to put on a show for my parents.
What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
The first thing I do before going onstage is take a deep breath, and let the last thought I have as me go through my head which is usually,”Let’s take this one step at a time”. From then on, I know it’s going to be a good show, because I’m mentally ready.
Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
I’m a Shakespeare sucker, so it’d have to be Hamlet.
Max Sorg (Romeo) is excited to be making his debut in the Southern California theatre scene. Max is originally from the Bay Area and has both an Associate’s Degree from Foothill Community College, and a Bachelor’s Degree from University of California, Irvine in Dramatic Arts. Max’s other roles include Agelo the Watchmaker from Comedy of Errors, the Countee Paris in Romeo & Juliet, and Claudius in Hamlet. In his spare time Max is also a musician and can be found playing guitar or singing with his band. He would like to thank his friends and family for supporting him, and hopes that you will enjoy this production of Romeo & Juliet!
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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