&Sons Theatre | Lay Our Scene | A Re-telling of Romeo & Juliet

&Sons Theatre | Lay Our Scene | A Wildly Inaccurate & Interactive Re-telling of Romeo & Juliet

Saturday, June 12, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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One event on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 6:00 pm

One event on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm

One event on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 6:00 pm

One event on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 6:00 pm

One event on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 6:00 pm

One event on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm

One event on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 1:00 pm

One event on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm



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Lay Our Scene is an irreverent, interactive, choose-your-own-story style retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, presented as part of the 2021 Santa Fe Summer Shakespeare Festival.

“Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where YOU lay our scene!”

In this tongue-in-cheek (or should we say thumb-in-teeth) virtual production, the audience votes to decide which character will be the protagonist of the story and what choices the characters make along the way. Highly interactive, this production will combine original text and quippy contemporary dialogue, a rotating cast, colorful artwork, timed voting, and a live chat for a raucous good time.

The plot of each show will be determined by the audience, with at least fifteen different shows that any given audience can build. The choices range from fun variations to absurd alternate realities. Lay Our Scene plays off the advantage that nearly everyone is familiar with what happens in Romeo and Juliet, and allows the audience to experience, in a very silly way, what might happen if different choices are made.

“Here’s your chance to prove you’re a better writer than the Bard.”

The show is the first of its kind in the state – it will livestream on Twitch, a streaming platform utilized primarily by video gamers and other online content streamers. This allows a high level of interactivity for the audience, bringing them in as a vital part of each performance. Twitch operates as a free website – it does not require an app or an account to view, and performances of Lay Our Scene may be attended for free with just a link to the stream on the &Sons Twitch channel. The link can be found on the Lay Our Scene page on the &Sons Theatre website.

For patrons who would like to offer monetary support to the actors, tech staff, and &Sons Theatre, there will be several tiers of tickets available on our website that come with extra perks, including in-show call-outs and a full version of the script with every potential outcome.

Performances of Lay Our Scene will be June 11 – 27, with Friday and Saturday shows at 6 p.m. and Sunday shows (family friendly) at 1 p.m.