"Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair trailer park, where we lay our scene," may very well be the opening lines for Dangerous Theatre's Redneck Romeo and Juliet production. Set in a Little Rock, Arkansas trailer park, Shakespeare's famously heavy plot is getting a truck-and-mullet makeover.
In Director Paul Cross's version, the Capulets and Montagues will be raving from their competing crystal meth labs while their star-crossed lovin' children wear John Deere hats and billowing flannel.
"We'll all have Southern accents," Cross says. "But some of the lines will be the same. I just told everybody that when you get to those famous lines, the really important lines, you're going to talk as your redneck character, but maybe just a little bit fancier than your character would. Like putting on airs."
Redneck Romeo and Juliet follows the plot close enough, but in Cross's own words, "this is probably the most bastardized version of Romeo and Juliet ever."
Another change you might notice are Mercutio and Tybalt's dueling weaponry: ninja swords. But that's because Cross grew up in Oklahoma and he claims that the south fancies ninjas.
When: January 21 at 7PM and 9PM, January 22 at 2PM
Where: Dangerous Theatre at 2620 W. 2nd Ave. #1