William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is arguably literature’s best-known story of passionate young love—and the tragedy that often follows.
It’s one of Shakespeare's most famous plays (it was very popular even during his lifetime), and also one of his most performed—its countless adaptations include the classic musical West Side Story, Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 film, and Baz Luhrmann's 1996 MTV-inspired movie version.
It wouldn’t be Broken Heart Week without Romeo and Juliet, and we’re pleased to bring you a staged reading of Shakespeare’s classic by the award-winning TITAN Theatre Company.
TITAN Theatre Company was created to breathe new life and clarity into classical works of theater through challenging, adventurous, and ensemble-driven productions. TITAN began performing in 2009 in Long Island City, and since then their work has been embraced by audiences from all walks of life, and they are a proud member of the new, exciting, and innovative Queens theater scene.
Since 2015, TITAN has teamed with Queens Library to bring you “Shakespeare in Queens,” where every month, actors from TITAN present a free dramatic reading of a Shakespeare play at one of our community libraries. They also hold “Talking Shakespeare” discussions where Lenny Banovez, Artistic Director of TITAN Theatre Company, gives a “behind-the-scenes” look at Shakespeare and discusses interpretations of his plays.
We’re sure that TITAN’s talented actors will have many things to say about the legacy of Romeo and Juliet and its place as one of Shakespeare’s most enduring works.
Fun Fact: did you know that Juliet's famous line “O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?” isn't her fancy way of asking “Where are you, Romeo?”
“Wherefore” is an archaic word for “why,” so what Juliet is actually saying is “Why are you Romeo?” or, more accurately, “why are you a Montague?” She is lamenting the fact that her star-crossed lover is part of the clan fighting with her family, and in the very next line she wishes that he could “deny thy father and refuse thy name.”