Romeo/Juliet in the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Originally a small passion project amongst friends, Romeo/Juliet had grown into a fully realized experimental adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Through the use of interpretive movement, original music, and a creative ensemble cast, the production sought to highlight the universality of the well-known tale and infuse it with a new and modern life. The director and cast were all members or graduates of the department of drama and dance at Hofstra University and were thrilled to be partnering with Royal Family Productions to bring this new piece to the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Romeo/Juliet was performed in two workshop performances at The BACCA Center in Lindenhurst, NY in June and also as part of The Chain’s Unchained Theatre Festival.
The Water Dream by Shawn Cody
The Water Dream is an award winning original new rock musical starring Anthony Rapp, star of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize Winning Broadway smash and blockbuster film Rent. Produced by Royal Family Productions, The Water Dream was an Official Selection of The New York Musical Theater Festival 2013.
In Boston, when his brilliant and beautiful girlfriend dumps him, Colin Burns (Anthony Rapp) an unimaginative writer, is haunted by a dragon, a terrifying illusion from his tragic childhood. Colin’s sci-fi-fantasy-loving uncle convinces him to write a fantasy novel (that features swimming whales, walking whales, and flying whales), wherein he can defeat this demon. But can Colin confront tragedy, embrace imagination, and defeat the dragon, all in time to save his real life? Dude. Generation X with a Hero Complex.
New York Musical Theatre Festival and Royal Family Productions successfully produced “Without You”, written and performed by Anthony Rapp. Rapp presents his turbulent journey through the convergence of two life-changing events: the early days of Rent – including the untimely passing of Jonathan Larson – and the illness and death of his own mother. Based on his New York Times best-selling memoir, Rapp uses a mix of original music and songs by Larson in a stunning one-man show about grief, hope, and triumph.
“Without You” then went on to have a successful run at The Modern Theatre in Boston, co-produced by RFP and the Menier Chocolate Factory.
The Interart Theatre and RFP presented Dedalus Lounge written by Irish playwright Gary Duggan at the Interart Theatre Annex January 2012. Cast members included Anthony Rapp and Dee Roscioli and James Kautz. It was directed by Chris Henry with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter and original songs by Anthony Rapp and Daniel A. Weiss.“Mesmerizing! Earnest and odd, tender and disturbing.” – The New York Times. Read the full review.
Lunaseed and RFP presented Born Blue, written by Caren Tackett and directed by Anthony Rapp. It is an existential rock and soul musical with advanced digital media, rich costume and make-up design, and a bluesy indie-rock score.
“This is a bare-bones production in a tiny theater, but the cast and the director, Chris Henry, give it texture and depth” – The New York Times.
The Interart Theatre and RFP produced Sean Cullen’s Safe Home and was extended three times with help from a stellar New York Times review.