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Romeo & Juliet
by William Shakespeare

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Verona is home to two feuding families: The Montagues and the Capulets. Romeo (a Montague) and Juliet (a Capulet) meet by chance at a masked ball and fall head over heels in love. A relentless battle against the hatred of the two families begins. The young lovers go in search for a life together, but fate stirs them in another direction. Deserted by those who were meant to protect them, Romeo and Juliet only see one way out...

Performances Tuesday-Saturday from July 14 - August 15, 2014

Curtain 7:30pm

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Gardens of Schloss Pötzleinsdorf

Geymüllergasse 1
1180 Wien

Public Transport

The venue is located in the grounds of Schloss Pötzleinsdorf, which also houses the Rudolf-Steiner-Schule Pötzleinsdorf.

* Take the Tram 41 (connected through U6 at stop "Währinger Straße" or S45 at stop "Gersthof") to the final stop "Pötzleinsdorf"; continue on foot up Geymüllergasse (approx. 5min) and turn left into the car park.
* There is also ample free parking directly in front of the palais!

Cast

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Romeo / Balthasar
Chris Aguilar

Chris studied vocal performance at Eastman School of Music in upstate New York during his Bachelor studies. In 2010 Chris moved to Vienna to finish his Master’s degree, and in 2011-2012 took part in the nationally syndicated television show, “Popstars” where he secured first place in the finale and signed with record label, SONY Music Austria. This Mexico City native and Miami/New York artist enjoys performing with his guitar in English, Spanish and German.

Chris’ past theatre roles include Melchior Gabor in the adaptation of “Spring Awakening the Musical” with Vienna’s English Theatre, the role of Schroeder in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” as well as the Narrator in Willy Russell's "Blood Brothers". Chris also played the lead role in Open House Studio’s short film “Straight to REM” where he worked with Alan Burgon who introduced him to Open House Theatre.

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Rosalind
Valerie Bast

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Mercutio, Apothecary
Alan Burgon

Alan trained at the ‘Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama’; recently renamed ‘Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’. After graduating in 2008 he was granted a yearlong contract with the ‘Dundee Rep Theatre’. His credits there include: Nugget ‘Eqqus’, Ensemble ‘Peer Gynt’, Derek ‘Quelques Fleurs’, Nick ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’, Beast/Prince ‘Beauty and the Beast’, The Recruiter/Young Soldier/Young Peasant ‘Mother Courage’. Since moving to Vienna he has appeared on stage at the International Theatre as: Various roles ‘A Christmas Carol’, Inspector Goole ‘An Inspector Calls’, Greg ‘Relatively Speaking’, Ensemble ‘Mark Twain’s America’. He has also appeared as Dan ‘Butterflies are free' for ‘Vienna’s English Theatre’, and Jason ‘Ordinary Days’ for ‘Vienna Theatre Project.

Film credits include: Orlando ‘Grimm’s Snow White’, ‘The Asylum’.

Alan is Open House Theatre's General Manager, as well as an author and director.

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Benvolio, Paris
Alex Scott Fairley

Alex’s previous theatre credits in Vienna include 'Gerald Croft' in "An Inspector Calls" (International Theatre) and 'Zeke Barrows-North' in "A Capital Affair" (Vienna’s English Theatre). His recent credits in the UK include "Lady Windermere’s Fan", "A Chorus of Disapproval","Single Spies" and "Hello, Dolly!" (all Pitlochry Festival Theatre); "Blood Brothers" (Phoenix Theatre, London); "Doctor Faustus" (Creation Theatre, Oxford); "The Merry Wives of Windsor", "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" and "Two Gentlemen of Verona" (all Guildford Shakespeare Company); "Mexican Hayride" and "Flahooley!" (all Sadler’s Wells);"Enjoy!" (York Theatre Royal) and "The Tempest" (Winchester Theatre Royal).

He has worked extensively as a puppeteer in the USA and Canada, where his shows include "The Gruffalo", "The Gruffalo’s Child", "Room On The Broom" (all Tall Stories Theatre); "Pigeon Party!", "Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!" (Big Wooden Horse Theatre); the West End run of "Midnight" (Polka/Peacock Theatre, London) and "The Little Mermaid" (Millfield Theatre, London). He holds first class honours in English from Jesus College, Oxford.

Alex has previously appeared in Open House Theatre's production of "Romeo and Juliet" (2014).

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Daniel Jeroma

Daniel is a German actor, who studied acting at the University of Arts in Berlin, graduating in 2004. Since then, he has worked for several German theatres like Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Sophiensäle Berlin, Schaubühne Berlin, Grips Theater Berlin and Hans-Otto-Theater Potsdam. He has also appeared in German TV-series ("Schwarzwaldklinik", "Hinter Gittern", "Alphateam" or "Im Namen des Gesetzes").

In 2009 he worked in Austria for the first time, at Theater der Jugend in Vienna, where he has since played in several productions, often with the half-British director Henry Mason, who also engaged him as 'Lysander' in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Salzburger Festspiele in 2013. He has previously appeared in OHT's production of "Romeo and Juliet".

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Livia
Linda Kerbl

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Lady Capulet
Maria Lohn

Maria Lohn received her acting training at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien, as well as at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland through the Erasmus university exchange program. Credits include: Emilia in Shakespeare’s "The Winter’s Tale"; Angelica in "Cinderella"; Young Woman in the Vanishing Point Theatre Company’s production "Hidden"; Antigone in "Oedipus at Colonus" (co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland); Mother in Howard Barker’s "Wounds to the Face".

After returning to Austria she performed at the Dschungel Wien (Lotte in "Werther - The Playlist" by Holger Schober), became an ensemble member of the Wiener Klassenzimmertheater and attended several theatre festivals, such as the Schäxpir Festival Linz and the Szene Bunte Wähne Festival. Three of her shows were nominated for the Stella Award 2011 and 2012. One of them won the Jury’s Choice Award at the Domino Theaterfestival Göttingen in 2011. For Open House Theatre she played Titania in "Midsummer Night's Dream", Lady Capulet in "Romeo and Juliet" and Hedda Gabler in "Hedda". Radio, Film and TV credits include: „Acting Up“ (BBC Radio Scotland), „Es kann nichts passieren“ (Silberne Diana for best short film 2014), „Straight to REM“ (shortlisted for the Cannes Short Film Festival 2014). She also appears in the new ORF TV-series „Altes Geld“ by David Schalko and in the ORF/ZDF TV-series Soko Kitzbühel.

Maria is also a company's ensemble member.

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Montague, Friar Laurence
Eric Lomas

Eric is one of Open House Theatre founding members and departed from the company in September 2015 to pursue other matters. Currently he's executive director of Shakespeare in Styria.

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Capulet
Robert G. Neumayr

Robert studied musical theatre at 'Performing Arts Studios Vienna'. He's been working in the performing arts for more than ten years now. After graduating engagements have taken him to the Raimund Theater, Theater der Jugend, Opera Graz, Volkstheater and the off-theatre scene in Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Bolzano and Ljubljana.

Favourite parts have included Charlie Brown in “Charlie Brown”, The Eldest Magician in “Just So”, The Bullfrog in “Honk!”, The Cheshire Cat in “Alice in Wonderland”, Oliver Hardy in “Laurel & Hardy”, Clown in “A Winter's Tale” and Nick Bottom in “A Midsummer Night's Dream”. He's been working as an author and director for the past few years, and credits include "A Christmas Carol", "The Timekeepers", "The Turn of the Screw" and "Hypnosis".

Robert is Open House Theatre's Artistic Director and to keep the balance he's also a freelance programmer under the label „icatcher.at“

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Nurse
Barbara Spitz

Just in case you really want to know... I was born and raised in Putney, London, my parents both viennese refugees. Went to Putney High School from age 5-18, graduated. 3 years Alsager college of education in drama and social and community studies. I worked as a school teacher, but realised after four scary years teaching in London´s more problematic schools, that I was destined for a different career.

I cut my teeth in London´s finest pub/punk rock bands in the mid-late1970s, including The Elgin Marbles, Framed, Dana Gillespie and toured with the now legendary „Sadista Sisters“ in 1977, culminating in a 4 week residency at the Quartier Latin Club, Berlin. As an internationally ignored rock star, I worked at various jobs on the way; a follow spot operator, stage manager, photographers assistant, night porter, dish washer, cook, baby sitter, breathy telephone hotline voice... whatever.

In 1983 I auditioned for and got the role of „Columbia“ in „The Rocky Horror Show“ at Hans Gratzers Schauspielhaus in Wien. Ever since I have been working and living in Vienna as an actress, singer/performer in the theatre, musicals, musical theatre, writing my own solo shows, voice-overs, translating and singing at concerts and galas.

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Juliet
Julia C. Thorne

Julia is a bilingual actress. Since graduating from drama school in Hamburg in 2010, she has worked both in English and in German theatre. Previous work includes: Carol in David Mamet's “Oleanna” at Theater Lüneburg, a year on tour with White Horse Theatre (parts included Nancy in “Oliver Twist”) and Sheila Birling in the International Theatre's production of J.B. Priestly's “An Inspector Calls”.

Julia is one of the founding members of Open House Theatre. She has appeared in “A Christmas Carol” (2012 and 2013), “The Collector”, “A Midsummer Night's Dream”, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, "An Evening Of(f)... and "Romeo & Juliet". She also works as the company's Educational Manager, in which capacity she is responsible for writing the annual children's show (“Dick Whittington and his Cat”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”) and organising workshops and performances in schools.

Julia is Open House Theatre's Educational Manager, as well as one of the founding members of the company.

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Peter
Oliver Zahn

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Romeo / Balthasar
Michael Zwiauer

Michael was born in Vienna and raised bilingually in German and Italian. He discovered his passion for theatre during a number of school productions in both English and German and will pursue an acting career by auditioning for various drama schools in the UK over the next year.

His credits include Grandpa in 'You Can't Take it With You', Benvolio/Paris in 'Romeo & Juliet', Baron in 'The Madwoman of Chaillot', Demetrius in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in English and German, Romeo in the German version of "Romeo and Juliet" (both for Open House Theatre) and most recently the title role in a production of Erich Kästner's "Emil und die Detektive" at Theater der Jugend Wien.



Creative Team

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Director
Eric Lomas

Eric is one of Open House Theatre founding members and departed from the company in September 2015 to pursue other matters. Currently he's executive director of Shakespeare in Styria.

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Costume Design
Maria Krebs

Maria has been working as a costume designer and maker for over 12 years. She first started her collaboration with Eric Lomas on a musical adaptation of "A Christmas Carol", where she costumed a cast of 35. Since then, all of Lomas' productions were overseen by her.

Credits elsewhere include "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", "Twelfth Night", "The Taming of the Shrew", "The Merry Wives of Windsor" , "The Tempest" and "Romeo and Juliet" for Shakespeare in Styria, "Nur Ruhe", "Die Papiere des Teufels" (Nestroy) and "Hayfever" (Coward) in Vienna; since its inception, Maria has been Open House Theatre’s resident costume designer and has overseen every production ("A Christmas Carol", Laurel & Hardy", "Dick Whittington", "The Collector", "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", " The Picture of Dorian Gray", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "The Timekeepers", "An Evening Of(f)", "Romeo + Juliet", "The Turn of the Screw", Izzy the Witch", "The Glass Menagerie" and "Hypnosis").

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Assistant Director
Linda Starodub

After a globe-trotting UN career, Linda opted to remain in Vienna. She was delighted to discover a way to fuel her passion for all things theatre, by assisting in a various ways during rehearsals of OHT productions. She previously contributed, on stage and off, to amateur theatre in her native Toronto, and during her UN assignments in Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, New York and Bonn.

She has earlier assisted with Open House Theatre’s four productions of "A Christmas Carol", as well as the company’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", "Romeo and Juliet", "An Evening Of(f)...", "Hedda", and "The Importance of Being Earnest".

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Deputy Stage Manager
Patrizia Stiegler

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Production Manager
Paul Elsbacher

Despite his years, Paul has had a varied career, working for companies such as Telekom Austria AG, Comparex AG and is currently assistant to the management at KBS Kleider Bauer Betriebs-GmbH. He is also studying International Economics in Vienna and has gathered experience working abroad. At Open House, Paul is our Key Accountant and acts as producer of our productions. He liases with our corporate and private sponsors and, during times of performances, works as Front of House Manager.

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Fight Director
Roberta Brown

Roberta Brown trained in theatre in London and worked for years in both the UK and Austria as both fight director and actress before moving to Los Angeles as a full-time fight director, where her screen credits include "Charlie's Angels", "Boudica", "ER", "Queen of Swords", "The District", and "The Hunted".

Stage fight direction credits include the international tour of "Oman, Oh Man!" by director/choreographer Debbie Allen, the US premiere of the original pronunciation "Hamlet" at Nevada Repertory Company, the Los Angeles premiere of "Fortinbras", and the LA Shakespeare Company’s "Twelfth Night".

In Austria, Roberta has choreographed the fights for seven seasons of Shakespeare in Styria’s European Shakespeare Days, debuting as a director in 2013 with "Othello". She has also taught stage combat in drama schools around the globe, including the Lee Strasberg School, London’s Webber Douglas Academy, Hollywood’s Howard Fine Studio, and Bogota’s Teatro Lope de Vega.