Pretty Little Liars’ Troian Bellisario stars in a new short film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet that proves that all kinds of love are alike in dignity.
In Still a Rose’s fair Verona, where we lay our scene, two Juliets and two Romeos declare their devotion over a balcony railing. Both roles are portrayed simultaneously by a male and female actor (Bellisario and Will Branske play Juliet opposite Brandon Crowder and Tinuke Oyefule as Romeo), and the four different pairings — including same-sex and mixed-race couples — alternate and interweave throughout.
The short film, which will screen in New York on Oct. 25 as part of the LGBT film festival NewFest, depicts the play’s famous balcony scene (Act 2, Scene 2), in which Juliet laments that ‘tis but Romeo’s name that is her enemy — but what’s in a name?
“Love, by any other name, is still love,” the trailer’s YouTube description reads. Never was a story of more woe — regardless of the gender of its stars.
Watch Still a Rose’s trailer above.