O.Gerelsukh: Romeo will fall in love, fight, cry, and laugh

By B.Tungalag

“Romeo and Juliet” tragedy by William Shakespeare will be staged at the State Academic Drama Theater on November 12. The play was staged in Mongolian for the first time in 1996.

General director of the State Academic Drama Theater N.Naranbaatar will direct “Romeo and Juliet”. B.Shinebayar will play Romeo and actress of the State Academic Drama Theater O.Dulguun will play Juliet.


Below is an interview with executive producer of “Romeo and Juliet” O.Gerelsukh, who played in Romeo in 1996.


You were chosen to play Romeo in 1996. How did it happen?


I was around 20 years old in 1996. I wasn’t working at the State Academic Drama Theater at the time. The State Academic Drama Theater was looking for actors who would play Romeo. I graduated from the University of Arts and Culture in 1995.

Director Ch.Naidandorj and former director of the State Academic Drama Theater B.Zorig offered me the role when I was working at the Mongolian National Broadcaster.

They found my phone number and called me and said, “We are about to stage ‘Romeo and Juliet’. We are looking for an actor for the role of Romeo. We know that you were a good student. You can play Romeo. We want you to do it.”

The State Academic Drama Theater employed me on February 13 of 1996. “Romeo and Juliet” was staged on June 2. I played with actress I.Odonchimeg.


How hard was it to play Romeo?


It was hard for sure. I didn’t have any experience with the Drama Theater.

Older artists helped me a lot. People’s Actor L.Jamsranjav played Friar Laurence, People’s Actress S.Sarantuya played the Nurse, and People’s Actress D.Mendbayar played Lady Montague in 1996.

“Romeo and Juliet” is one of the biggest plays. It requires certain skills from you.

The play continues for two hours and 40 minutes. We had been doing rehearsals for four hours a day. During the rehearsal, there were times when we fight, love, cry, laugh, sing and dance. All these actions were intense and helped me develop my character. That’s why playing Romeo was hard. Director Ch.Naidandorj helped me.

Director Ch.Naidandorj worked as an actor at the State Academic Drama Theater before, and he majored in play directing in Russia. So he instructed me well.


What advice would you give to the new Romeo?


I am working as the executive producer in “Romeo and Juliet” now. I am responsible for finance and marketing of “Romeo and Juliet”. Now I feel and understand how hard it was for the people who were working backstage in 1996.

It’s not time to give proper advice, because the rehearsals haven’t started yet. I will give advice to the new Romeo when rehearsal starts.


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