R+J: A Telephone Play,
or Don't Drink the Milk
R + J: A Telephone Play is the performance of six new plays created through the context of a game of telephone. Telephone (also known as “don’t drink the milk”) is a game in which one person whispers a message to another person. The message is passed through a line of people until the last player announces the message to the entire group. The original message for this particular game of telephone is the last scene of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. We created an audio recording of this scene and sent it to the first playwright in the line. The playwright listened to the recording and wrote what he/she heard in the form of a play. Then, we sent an audio recording of this new play to the next playwright in the line, and so on.
All performances of R + J: A Telephone Play are followed by a Bodysnatchers' The Historical Tragedy or Comedy of, an improvised version of your favorite Shakespeare play.
R + J: A Telephone Play was created with support from the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission.
Carl Overly, Jr.
James Ryan Caldwell: Playwright, Two Character Play
Otso Huopaniemi: Playwright, Still Standing
camila le-bert: Playwright, rosaline called
William Shakespeare: Playwright, Romeo and Juliet, Act V, scene iii
John Douglas Weidner: Playwright, Number 4
Samara Weiss: Playwright, Untitled
Zhu Yi: Playwright, The Offended Audience
Kevin Arkell: Producer
Will Bonfiglio: Producer
Lucy Cashion: Producer, Director, Scenic & Sound Design
Katrin Hackenberg: Photographer
Erik Kuhn: Lighting Design
Meredith LaBounty: Costume Design
Brooklynn McDade: Hair & Make-Up Design
Charlie Mueller: Composer, Music Arranger
Gabe Taylor: Stage Manager & Assistant Director
2016 September 13: in SIUE's Xfest at the Metcalf Student Experimental Theater
2015 April 22-May: The Chapel
*April 23’s performance is a part of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ SHAKE 38 event