A Pittsburgh premier: Romeo and Juliet reimagined as modern day vampires

Pittsburgh’s 12 Peers Theater is producing Cactus which was written by local playwright Philip Real. It reinvents the classic characters Romeo and Juliet as vampires in a very modern and topical setting protecting the Arizona border in the Southern United States. According to the theater’s press release:

 Two conflicting vampire families patrol the area; one working with the United States Government to kill illegal border crossers, the other protecting them. When Ron and Julie, two seemingly teenaged vampires from the opposing families, fall in love, will it bring their families closer together, or drive them farther apart? Cactus is a play about doing whatever it takes to protect the people you care about, and the dangers that can complicate even the best intentions.”

 The play is the final show in the third season for the Lawrenceville based 12 Peers theater, which was founded in 2011 and is a short bike ride or Lyft/Uber ride from downtown. The theater’s Founding Artistic Director Vince Ventura and Producing Artistic Director Sara Fisher have been working with the playwright for over two years, helping him develop the story after seeing him do a reading in 2012.

We fell in love with the potential, themes, and heart of this play. We jumped at the chance to help Philip develop this play, and over the past two years, Cactus has seen numerous drafts and readings. All the while, Philip has been making this play better, draft after draft.”

About the playwright:

Philip Real has had plays produced in Pittsburgh and California. He has a B.A. in Speech and Drama from Catholic University and has studied playwriting with David Mamet in Chicago and Oscar Eustis in San Francisco. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

About the Company

12 Peers Theater was founded in 2011.  Taking the name from the Twelve Peers of Charlemagne, its mission is to provide challenging and engaging theater for Pittsburgh audiences. 12 Peers Theater highlights social, political, and ethical issues in classical and contemporary works exploring myth and cultural identity, endeavoring to open a dialogue with the audience.

Cactus performs June 27 – July 13, Friday–Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday 7p.m., Monday July 7, 7p.m.,

Tickets $15in advance, $17 at the door / $12 with student or senior ID.

All shows at The Grey Box Theatre, Lawrenceville, 3595 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Tickets & Info: www.12peerstheater.org

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