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Elm Shakespare Seeks To End Feuds

by Brian Slattery | Aug 17, 2017 12:19 pm | Comments (1)

Mike Franzmann Photos On Tuesday afternoon last week, a funeral was taking place in Edgerton Park.

It was for Juliet (Courtney Jamison), who was a part of the procession until she lay down on a bed prepared for her. As musicians played in the background, Juliet’s mother Lady Capulet (Samantha Dena Smith) covered her in a white sheet, then joined the tableau of grief-stricken characters onstage. Director Raphael Massie surveyed the proceedings with approval, making only minor adjustments.

“Sam,” Massie said, “can you have a moment after you put the sheet on her? Something with your daughter.”

They ran the scene again, and this time, Smith knelt down and placed a small kiss on Juliet’s shrouded head. It worked. It made Lady Capulet more human, not simply a noblewoman in a Shakespeare play, but a mother grieving for her child.

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