EcelcticPond is remounting its 2012 rendition of Romeo & Juliet (or R&J, as some materials have it) with a couple interesting twists.
First off, eight of the play's fifteen actors are presenting the play in true repertory style - that is, by switching up parts each night.
Second, as director Thomas Cardwell explained in his curtain speech, the company is hoping to chop down this 90 minute version of R&J to only 60 minutes for school presentations. Because EclecticPond is using this run of R&J as a workshop to figure out how best to make further cuts, audiences should expect to include themselves in the creative process, rather than sitting back to watch an altogether polished piece of theater.
EclecticPond's players will likely reach their goal of truncating R&J, but elements are still very much in process. Hesitating actors seem to not feel fully at home in their parts, and at least 10 minutes could have been chopped from the running time if actors had simply picked up their cues in a timely fashion.
Each night, different casts make different choices. Audience who choose to participate can return on subsequent nights for half-priced tickets.