Guerilla Theatre is putting on the play 'Rosaline & Baldasar.'
'Rosaline & Baldasar' tells the story of 'Romeo and Juliet' through different eyes.
'Rosaline & Baldasar' spoofs mistaken identities and star-crossed lovers.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Guerilla Theatre is telling the story behind the story of Romeo and Juliet.
Rosaline & Baldasar is written by North Carolina playwright Marlowe Moore and is a Shakespearean farce similar to Tom Stoppard's play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. But whereas Stoppard's play focuses on two background characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Marlowe based her play on two smaller characters from Romeo and Juliet.
Rosaline is the woman Romeo was in love with before he met Juliet, and Baldasar is presented as Romeo's cousin from the country who is on the hunt for a wife.
The famous love story is told through their eyes with spoofs on mistaken identity, star-crossed lovers and the Shakespearean language.
"We have some parts where we start speaking iambic pentameter, which is a little foreign to our characters, so they make a few jokes about that," said actor Newlin Parker. "It's taking a story that is really a tragedy and turning it on its head and making it seem absolutely hilarious. The way that it is written, it really just flips it all around and it makes it something that's a whole lot of fun to watch and hopefully enjoyable to laugh along with."