These Violent Delights

Adaptation of Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare

Catherine Ming T'ien Duffly

Rosie Tabachnick

Peter Ksander

Ry Burke

Sharath Patel

Jenny Ampersand

Peter Ksander


Asst. Director

Set Designer

Lighting Designer

   Thesis Production

Sound Designer

Costume Designer


Adaptation Team: Catherine Ming T'ien Duffly, Peter Ksander, Ry Burke,                                      Rosie Tabachnick, Somerset Thompson, Juliana Cable

Reed College Diver Studio Theater


Reed College Theatre Department’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet           is created in collaboration with theatre students and takes as its inspiration                Joe Calarco’s 1997 adaptation, Shakespeare’s R + J.

Responding to the social and political world we find ourselves in, this adaptation             asks, "In a threatening world, what does safety mean and when do we get to               be vulnerable?" In These Violent Delights a group of young dissidents reenact           Romeo and Juliet in order to break from an oppressive structure.

Through their reenactment, the characters have unexpected discoveries about                 love and freedom, gender and sexuality.

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