by Sarah Teach
Join the Theatre Workshop for an intimate evening of interactive theater in one of Nantucket’s most beautiful historic homes during the Nantucket Arts Festival. Special performances of “Highlights from Romeo & Juliet” will be held at 6:30 pm on Monday and Tuesday, October 1 and 2 at the Nantucket Historical Association’s Greater Light property, 8 Howard Street.
The world’s greatest love story set against a background of conflict and hatred of feuding families and deep social prejudice, Romeo and Juliet is one the Shakespeare’s most magnificent masterpieces and a love poem to English literature. “Highlights from Romeo and Juliet” is directed by TWN’s Meredith Martin. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.theatreworkshop.com.
“TWN is thrilled to once again collaborate with the NHA,” says Gabrielle Gould, Executive Director for Theatre Workshop Nantucket. “For the past three years TWN and the NHA have worked together to produce theatre in historical settings to great success. It only seemed natural that we bring Shakespeare into the walls of Greater Light. Romeo and Juliet is a timeless tale that appeals to us
all and in the setting of Greater Light the magic will be palpable! Director Meredith Martin has worked Shakespeare in many settings and is thrilled to work in the historic home of artists.”
Originally built as a livestock barn in 1790, the house known Greater Light was a summer home and art studio created in the 1930s by Gertrude and Hanna Monaghan, two Quaker sisters from Philadelphia. Greater Light lovingly illustrates the era of Nantucket’s history when an art colony thrived in the sleepy
island community in the aftermath of Nantucket’s whaling heyday.
“The NHA’s Greater Light property is known as one of the most beautiful and architecturally-distinct buildings on Nantucket, and we are ecstatic to bring back to life its legacy as a mecca for the arts and theater,” says Marjan Shirzad, Director of Visitor Experience. “Collaborating with Theatre Workshop of
Nantucket on these types of special programs is a fantastic example of Nantucket’s non-profit organizations at their finest, bringing their unique talents together to create unforgettable experiences for all audiences.”