Premiere at Pacific Theatre June 2011*
The Verona Project is an unflinching, streamlined adaptation of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Set in the present day, the story of Romeo and Juliet is played out with an eye towards the joys, pains and mistakes of youth.
Adapted by the director, Evan Frayne and the ensemble, The Verona Project looks to explore the story of the young lovers through their relationships with family and friends; the community of Verona.
Adapted and Directed by Evan Frayne- Set and Lighting Design by Lauchlin Johnston- Original Score: Mishelle Cuttler- Stage Managed by Anthony Liam Kearns- Props by Phil Miguel- Performed by Aslam Husain, Susan Coodin, Scott Button, Alison Chisholm, Chris Cook, Rhys Finnick, Mack Gordon, Phil Miguel, Maryanne Renzetti, Kaitlin Williams & Troy Anthony Young.
*a Stone's Throw Presentation
"There are two lovely performances at the centre of this modern-dress mounting: Aslam Husain and Susan Coodin are winningly fresh as the titular couple. Both discover what they need to say, as opposed to reciting lines, which is no small feat. When Husain’s Romeo tells Juliet that he hopes for “The exchange of thy love’s faithful vow for mine”, his delivery is loaded with the same combustible combination of hesitation and yearning that ignites their first kiss. Coodin nails both Juliet’s innocence and her intelligence." | Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight
"Susan Coodin is perfectly conflicted in her familial grief and the thought of never seeing Romeo again. It is then Aslam Husain’s turn, giving us a Romeo so devastated by the thought of being permanently separated from Juliet (‘tis torture, and not mercy: heaven is here, Where Juliet lives), I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one in the theatre reaching for a tissue. Coodin and Aslam are easily believable and connected as the “pair of star-cross'd lovers”." | Mark Robins, Gayvancouver.net
"Apprentice Evan Frayne in his directorial debut, provides a steady hand to a youthful and talented cast. Frayne never allows the pace to lag, cleverly using Shakespeare's time-honoured technique of switching between comedy and tragedy to elevate the tension." | John Jane, Review Vancouver
Susan Coodin. Photo by Ron Reed