2016 Capital Fringe Preview #49: ‘The Tragedy of Mario and Juliet’ by Wayne Nicolosi

From the Author Wayne Nicolosi:

Growing up in New Jersey, every day was filled with natural, working-class comedians and poets. Whether mowing lawns, fixing cars or sitting at the bar, they told funny, unpredictable stories filled with day-to-day conflict, edgy romance, irreverent mock-epic references, and a distinctive philosophy. Sure these suburban bards went straight for the laugh, but there was always something more just below the surface. They brought the pompous and the class-conscious to their knees, and showed a compassion for anyone with the guts to try and meet the world on their own terms.

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The honesty and vibrancy in the language of these Garden State bards made me think, “Why Verona, Italy? Why not set the greatest love story ever told in Verona, New Jersey?” And why romantic love alone? Truly, there are as many kinds of love as there are people to share it. The Tragedy of Mario and Juliet is about the love between men and women, straight and gay friends, co-workers, business partners, and even those who–like the cartoon cat and mouse–are haters on the outside, but inside need each other to survive.

The play is not a parody. It’s a meeting of the old and the new: ways of talking, ways of thinking, ways of loving.

The Tragedy of Mario and Juliet

Premieres at 11th Annual Capital Fringe Festival July 7 – 31, 2016

Sex & drugs and rock & roll meet poetry & prose and comedy & drama in contemporary Verona, New Jersey.

Modern Theatre with a Distinctive Shakespearean Flair!

Present-day speech, live music, and classical style make this unique approach to modern love and romance a field day for those who love Shakespeare, and an eye-opener for those who thought they never could.

The Capulets and the Montagues are at it again and all Verona is buzzing. Verona, New Jersey that is! Bumbling architect Romeo and handsome contractor Mario meet their match while building a balcony for sexy siren, Juliet–turning the age-old triangle of client, architect and builder into a modern love triangle.

Join the Macbeths, the Shylocks and the Hamlets for this Italian-American boy meets girl, meets boy, meets boy, meets boy love story.


The Tragedy of Mario and Juliet by Wayne Nicolosi

Featuring: The Dead Cats


Atlas Performing Arts Center – Lab II

1333 H Street NE, in Washington, DC 20002

Metro: Union Station — Bus: X2, X8, X9


Thursday, July 7th, at 6:15 PM

Tuesday, July 12th, at 6:15 PM

Saturday, July 16th, at 3:55 PM

Tuesday, July 19th, at 8:15 PM

Saturday, July 23rd, at 10:30 PM








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