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Shakespeare's Sister Company

Shakespeare's Sister Company

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    NEW YORK, NY  - The Shakespeare's Sister Company  is raising funds for our all-female theatrical production William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"  to premiere Valentine's Day, 2012 in New York City's East Village. Our film noir version features chicks with guns during the 1929 St. Valentines Day Massacre.  The production is being presented as the Shakespeare's Sister Company's on-going mission in women's empowerment and social change for women's rights.

    The Need
    In 23 days, we will need to raise a minimum of $8000 to get the show up and running for a solid production run.

    In Our Production
    This epic tragedy will be set in the roaring 1920's of Chicago when gang rivalries between the Italian and Irish sprung up over power struggles within the underworld culture. Emulating the Al Capone vs. Bugs Malone rivalry, the Capulet's will represent the Italian south side and the Montague's will claim the Irish north side.

    Underground Speakeasies, playing jazz and rag time music, provide a mysterious setting to escape from the strict laws of prohibition. With a high unemployment rate leading toward the great depression, desperate people take desperate measures to maintain jobs and keep friends. The Capulet's host a masked ball where they invite policemen to drink from their illegal alcohol stock and seal the deal to keep their bootlegging anonymous. Romeo sneaks into the Capulet's masquerade party to spy on their transactions and falls into forbidden love with the fair Juliet. The Capulet's domination of bootlegging infuriates the Irish and sets up the tension leading to murderous fights between the two groups akin to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929.

    Women have just gained the right to vote, but there is still much to fight for in this patriarchal and dangerous society. Juliet will test the waters of exploring women's new found freedom by dating a boy from the wrong side of town. She journeys from a young woman forced to have a constant guard (her nurse) to a cultured flapper who visits speakeasies, has male sleepovers, and is allowed to decide her own fate.

    With an all female cast, this show will create opportunities for women to play both female and male roles in a divided society. Women will play the men as men allowing females to explore the violent nature of gangsters adjacent to women playing females trying to find the strength to fight for their right to rise up in society.

    About the Shakespeare's Sister Company
    Formed in 2008, the Shakespeare's Sister Company is a not-for-profit theater organization which supports women in the arts. Our commitment is to produce great new plays and established theatrical works by female authors. Our mission is to address global change through the theater, including women empowerment workshops and literacy for youth.

    For more information, please visit our webpage at Shakespeare's Sister Company at and our kickstarter campaign on
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    Romeo and Juliet Campaign Kickstarter Trailer
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    Romeo & Juliet - Kickstarter Trailer William Shakespeare's ROMEO & JULIET retold as a Chicago mafia war between rival Irish and Italian families, set in the Prohibition Era. Kicksta ...
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    2011 Annual Year in Review for the Shakespeare's Sister Company
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    Shakespeare's Sister Company 2011 in Review The Shakespeare's Sister Company year 2011 in Review
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    2011 SSC Production of Sunday on the Rocks at the Red Room Theater in the East Village, NYC
    • 2011 SSC Production of Sunday on the Rocks at the Red Room Theater in the East Village, NYC
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