Pen Pals Episode One: Romeo and Juliet

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The first episode of Mira Burt-Wintonick and Cristal Duhaime’s new series, Pen Pals offers a twist on the classic Shakespearian tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. What happens after their dead?

In addition to this being a retelling of Romeo and Juliet’s journey, the first episode also acts as an solid adaptation for the source material. The listener experiences the story through audio. However, the in-story method is done via text messaging. The one drawback is the sound effects can get repetitive.

As far as adaptions go, this version of Romeo and Juliet doesn’t rehash the entire plot through spoken text messages. It goes off what the general audience knows about the play and lets you fill in gaps where necessary. What Duhaime and Burt-Wintonick do with this 15th century play is not only bring it to the modern age, but also tell a fascinating story about two lovers who die tragically and suddenly have to deal with the fact they’re no longer together. Even in the afterlife.

At times the story can get somewhat annoying, but that’s only because they capture the hormonal moodiness of teenagers too well. If you teach a class on Romeo and Juliet, some of the scenes might be worth checking out. Be warned there are a few curse words, which most high schools would frown upon. However, they are used sparingly.

Starting out the scenes are a nice duration. They get to the point and don’t stretch out. In late, out early. Towards the middle, the scenes become shorter and less happens. It’s played for comedic effect, but after the fourth or fifth time it got old.

Overall Pen Pals’ take on Romeo and Juliet is a wonderful addition to fan fiction everywhere. Highly recommended you check it out. Use promo code: PENPALS to get a one month free trial.

4.5/5 Stars

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Press Release: Pen Pals – A New Series from the Creators of Love Me

From the hearts and minds of Mira Burt-Wintonick and Cristal Duhaime (“Love Me” and “Wiretap”) comes a new audio series: “Pen Pals.”

This new scripted audio series takes unlikely character pairings such as Frederick Nietzsche & Charlie Chaplin and runs with them. The first episode drops on March 15, 2017 and involves the characters of Romeo and Juliet with a twist. What happened after they died?

The show’s cast includes Paul Rust (Love), Noël Wells (Master of None), June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie), Mary Holland, Seth Morris and more. The 5-part series will be available on Stitcher Premium. Listeners will be able to sign up for a free month using promo code PENPALS.

You can listen to the trailer at stitcherpremium.com/penpals.