R+J: Star Cross’d Death Match

Adapted and Created by Ben Charles & Lori Wolter Hudson and Originally Produced by Three Day Hangover in NYC.

Produced by Heather Whitpan & Rebecca Ellis

Directed by Sara Bickler

July 10-27, 2014

Performed at the amazingly awesome DC Reynolds Bar in Petworth, DC!





How to get there:
3628 Georgia Ave. NW, Washington, District of Columbia

From Broadway World:

R+J: Star-Cross’d Death Match is a highly immersive production of Romeo & Juliet that places the audience right in the middle of Shakespeare’s most famous family feud. When two households break from ancient grudge to new mutiny, spectators must pick a side in the fight! Young love clashes with quick tempers and there will be consequences for actors and audiences alike! Watch your back and fall in love in an evening of rivalry, romance and really awesome drink specials.

Three Day Hangover

Three Day Hangover is a New York City theater company that produces fresh, unexpected, immersive joyful productions of classic plays in bars.  We tell great stories and celebrate some of the most beautiful language in the world.  We meet our audiences on their turf.  We want our audiences to have a beer and relax.  Then we want them to lean forward and get swept up in a story told in a way they’ve never seen before.  Three Day Hangover was founded in 2013 by Beth Gardiner, David Hudson and Lori Wolter Hudson.  For more information, and to keep up to date on #boozyshakespeare, visit threedayhangover.com.





THIS SHOW IS 21 and UP ONLY, sorry kiddos!

All single tickets to performances are $15.00

Tickets can be purchased online!

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Show Schedule:

* 9/20 & 9/21, the role of Lord & Lady Capulet will be played by Rebecca Ellis.

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Josh_AdamsJosh Adams:Some Theatre Credits: Appropriate (Woolly Mammoth), The Cripple of Inishmaan (1st Stage), Unplugged: All Apologies (Flying V), Fallbeil (Field Trip), The Tempest (We Happy Few), The Big Meal (Studio Theatre), Milestones (CAST), Balm in Gilead (Balm in Gilead, Brooklyn), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Ion Theatre), True West (Lotus Theatre), Pagan Play (Moving Parts), The Tutor (Vox Nova). Josh received a BA in Theatre and a minor in Political Science from University of California: San Diego. Some UCSD credits: Woyzeck, The Mistakes Madeline Made, Betty’s Summer Vacation, Waiting for Lefty, The Distance from Here. Some Film Credits: Alone in Numbers, Mr. Sunshine, Nextnik, You’ll be Fine, For Rent, I Dreamt Bliss.

Loren BrayLoren Bray is so excited to play Juliet in R & J! Between doodling “Mrs. Romeo Montague” in her diary and waiting for her boobs to come in, (it’s gonna happen this time!!) she can’t wait to represent #teamcapulet!!! A graduate of Howard with a BFA in Musical Theatre, she will also be seen as Bianca in Pallas Theatre Collective’s upcoming production of Taming of the Shrew. Her other theatre credits include: Sick Stories, Gentle Granddaddy (Theatrical Mining Co), J.B. (American Century Theatre), A Day at the Museum (Capital Fringe) Von Pufferhutte Family Singers (Capital Fringe). You can also catch her in various local bars and clubs giving away free samples of beer and liquor, and the odd photoshoot or two. Check out her website at www.lorenbray.com! WHOOOOOO!!!! SHAKESPEARE SWAG!!!!

Noelle Viñas Noelle Viñas: Boston credits: Grusche – Spanish-language production of Caucasian Chalk Circle (Apollinaire Theatre), The Way of Water (Atomic Age Theater), Shinsai: Theatre for Japan (TCG at Emerson College), Rock ‘n’ Roll Jesus (Atomic Age Theater), Robin Hood (Emerson College), BASH – Medea Redux (Rareworks). Noelle received a BA in Acting & Playwriting from Emerson College and is the theatre arts teacher/director at Annandale High School. She is also a local playwritght and slam poet. Previous productions include Nevermind with Atomic Age Theater and a staged excerpt of Apocalypse, Please with the Inkwell at the Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival.

Christopher HolbertChristopher C. Holbert is happy to step in to another Shakespeare role (late) for Fringe (late). He enjoys getting to work with old friends and to have the opportunity to work with new friends. Recent appearances include: The Invisible Man (Studio Theatre, U/S), On The Waterfront (American Century Theater), The Country Girl (American Century Theater), and Macbeth (Impossible Theater Company). Other favorite shows include: Six Degrees of Separation (Silver Spring Stage), Othello ( Port City Playhouse), and A Clockwork Orange (Studio Theatre Secondstage). Chris studied at Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory and the Theatre Lab Honors Conservatory.

Tiffany GarfinkleTiffany Garfinkle is thrilled to bits be working with LiveArtDC! She was last seen as Cora in Quotidian’s production of The Iceman Cometh. Other credits include: Unexpected Stage Co., The Lady In The Van, Social Worker; Spooky Action Theater, Reckless, Pooty; The American Century Theatre, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, Diane; The Disreputables, Gorgeous Raptors (Cap Fringe 2012), Elise; Active Cultures Theatre, Hellspawn, Mrs. Hunkler/Cecelia/Demon; Nu Sass Productions, Priscilla Dreams The Answer (Cap Fringe 2011), Zop; Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Cap Fringe 2009), Guildenstern; Venus Theatre, Not Such Stuff, Miranda; Open Circle Theatre, Evita, Magaldi Sign Actor; Woolly Mammoth, Cooking With Elvis, Sous Chief

Yoni GrayYoni Gray recently rocked audiences as John Calhoun and Black Fox in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at The Highwood Theatre. Other DC-area credits include Joseph in One More Night (reading, 1st Stage / Kennedy Center), Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (MD Renaissance Festival), Billyboy in A Clockwork Orange (Scena Theatre), and Justin in Gorgeous Raptors (The Disreputables). Yoni is a graduate of MIT’s theater program, where some of his favorite roles were Peter in bare, Pony in subUrbia, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, and – possibly his most typecast role to date – the alien space lizard Zwy in Force to Overcome Gravity. Off stage, Yoni is a rock climber, web designer, and tabletop gamer.

Jen BevanJen Bevan is so happy to be playing this summer with some amazing people and playing drinking games with awesome strangers! She just finished being another rockin’ dude in history, Henry Clay in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at the Highwood Theatre. You may have seen her in Fringe’s past as Info Dreama (McPherson Madness), Gloria (Mme Helena Rubenstein), Lamproclies (Socrates the Lover). Some of her other favorite roles include: Marcy (Dog Sees God), Judy Turner (A Chorus Line), Lucy Westenra (Dracula) and Melissa (Nightmare Next Door on the Investigation Discovery Channel). Jen holds a BA in Theatre from Rollins College and is a proud member of the Artistic Collective at the Pallas Theatre Collective. To see what Jen is up to next, please visit www.Jen-Bevan.com

Erica SmithErica Smith is a playwright and frequent performer in the DC area. Favorite roles include Jesus of Nazareth in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Silver Spring Stage), Nancy Shirley in Frozen (Rockville Little Theatre), Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Rude Mechanicals), and Mary Magdalene (Easter pageant, 2nd grade).

John Stange John Stange does all of his best thinking in bars. He thinks he’s clever after a few beers, at any rate. He’ll be in 1st Stage Theater’s upcoming run of The Cripple of Inishmaan, as Babbybobby, and Arcturus Theater Company’s Distracted, as Dad. A sysadmin and programmer during the day, he has a natural penchant for playing surly wizards, having appeared with Red Knight Productions as The Gloom Mage in The Ballad of the Red Knight and as The Millennium Wizard in Medieval Story Land. You may also have caught him doing funny voices on the radio in Lean & Hungry Theater’s productions of Julius Caesar or The Scarlet Letter, broadcast on WAMU 88.5. John is a company member at Grain of Sand Theatre, having performed in two award-winning Fringe shows (Hamlet: Reframed and Tell-Tale) as well as Raising Cane and You Can’t Get a Decent Margarita at the North Pole. He frequently finds himself engaged in improvised street performance shenanigans with Borealis Theater. John is a loyal graduate of the The Theatre Lab’s Honors Conservatory, 2009. http://johnstange.net

Alex TaphanelAlex Taphanel has been playing music since he was 14 years old, and is incredibly excited about performing with such a talented cast and crew in his theater debut (not counting some miscellaneous church plays that are better off forgotten). As a huge fan of The Bard’s work, it’s truly a dream come true for him to bring music to one of Shakespeare’s most enduring and well-loved plays. Alex is also currently working on songs for an upcoming EP of original music while working as head barista at Cervantes Coffee in Springfield, VA, playing shows in the DMV area, and leading worship on Sundays at Harvester PCA in Springfield.

Sara Bickler Sara Bickler is thrilled to work with LiveArtDC for the first time directing what may be the most fun version of Romeo and Juliet ever. She recently directed You Can’t Get A Decent Margarita at the North Pole for Grain of Sand Theatre. Other directing credits include staged readings of Life 101 and The Body Washer for Guillotine Theatre, and Thomas Jefferson and George Mason Draft the Declaration of Independence for Grain of Sand. She also assistant directed the Theatre Lab’s production of Rags. She has also appeared onstage with Grain of Sand as Hannah in Tell-Tale and Gertrude in Hamlet: Reframed both Best-Drama winners at the Capital Fringe Festival. Sara is a 2009 graduate of The Theatre Lab’s Honors Acting Conservatory.

Jay ChiangJay Chiang is very excited to be working with LiveArtDC for the first time. His Stage Manager credits include: Tooth of Crime and Happy Days, WSC Avant Bard; Hamlet: Reframed, Grain of Sand Theatre. He actively works as the Sound/Projection operator with Theater J. Season 13/14 credits include After the Revolution, The Argument, Yellow Face, and The Admission Theater J. Jay also has worked on the past two Washington Jewish Film Festival’s as a Production Associate. During the day he holds a full time job working as an Accounting Associate with Arena Stage. Jay holds a current private pilot rating and releases his inner Baron Snoopy whenever he is not holed up in a theater. He would like to thank his family for their continued support in all his efforts and a special thank you to Delia Taylor for helping Jay become the theater professional he is today.

Clem TrottClem Trott is fresh out of Shenandoah University, where she earned her BFA in Stage Management. A Maryland native, Clem has been involved with theatre since her freshman year of high school. At SU, she stage managed a production of To Kill a Mockingbird and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. Recent DC Theatre productions include ASMing Pallas Theatre Collective’s 2013 summer Fringe show The Tragical Mirth of Marriage and Love, SMing LiveArtDC’s 24 hour fundraiser, ASMing The Washington Rogues’s In the Forest She Grew Fangs. In the fall, she will be SMing Pallas Theatre Collective’s production of The Taming of the Shrew.


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“By evening’s end, some were pardoned, some were punished. All were invited to have another round.” Washington Post

R+J: Star-Cross’d Death Match is a wacky and enjoyable  evening, filled with laughter and drinking, and two families you would never want to be a member of.”  DC Metro Theatre Arts

R + J: Star-Cross’d Death Match deserves commendations for the way it expands the boundaries of a modern theater experience, even if sometimes that means it’s throwing a bunch of belligerence at a wall. A lot of it ends up sticking.” Washington CityPaper

“This play is Shakespeare for groundlings, for the people that don’t “know shit from Shakespeare,” for those that love the living theater. This is a party disguised as play, a revel from a company that understands why Dionysus was simultaneously the god of wine and theater. You’ll want to see Star-Cross’d Death Match a second and third time, and raise your SOLO cup again. If you can stand the hangover, that is.” DC Broadway World

“R+J offers one of the cheapest and most gleefully entertaining ways to get drunk during Capital Fringe.” DCist

“This [adaptation] feels hella new as well, and if there are parts of it that didn’t survive the translation, then you probably just need another beer.” Brightest Young Things

“I’m sure Willie Shakes is giving them a solid two thumbs-up from his tomb at Holy Trinity Church for bringing his work out of the darkened theaters of DC and to the common folk! Whether you’ve only read Romeo and Juliet once in high school, have it memorized line-for-line, or deign to touch the tragedy, you’re bound to have a ridiculously fun time with this show.” Blind Pug Arts Collective

“Purists might argue that this production verges from the original play’s intent—and it’s true, this is probably one of the funnier versions of a Shakespearian tragedy on the market. But inviting the audience into the story, even if it means sacrificing some of its darker moments, ultimately makes this interpretation heart wrenchingly honest. This isn’t just a story of “death-mark’d” love; it’s also a story of stupid, sexy, unadulterated love—and that’s a story that deserves a drink.” DC Theatre Scene