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Heidi Jacot's Romeo & Juliet

"What I don't want to do is a gay Romeo and Juliet. I want to do something that's got more to it," says Heidi Jacot about her independent production of Shakespeare's play, which features men in the lead roles (Aaron Scott as Juliet and Peyton Cole as Romeo are pictured). "What fascinates me about this play is the search for authenticity, played against this need to be accepted, to be loved," she says. "There's a discontinuity to two men in the leads, because the Capulet family just hasn't noticed. They're so caught up in what they want Juliet to be that they haven't noticed what she/he really is. That to me is why they kill themselves in the end--because they had this experience of being accepted for who they are and they can't go back." Jacot says she was inspired by Joe Calarco's New York hit, William Shakespeare's R&J, a minimalist production in which Calarco had four Catholic schoolboys playing all the roles. "Someone gave me the script and I could not put it down," she says. "And when you see it, no matter how broad-minded you are, there's just something about seeing two men kiss." See the production Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, 14 and 15 at the Carrboro ArtsCenter, and Dec. 21 and 22 at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center in Cary. All shows are at 8 p.m. For details, call 489-6508, or visit http://members.tripod.com/heidijacot.

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