Bask in the Glow of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
These nationally renowned performers will travel to Lynchburg to enrich our city’s cultural life. As part of their 2016-2017 Hungry Hearts Tour, The American Shakespeare Center will present William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
With its ravishing language and uproarious comedy, Romeo and Juliet celebrates love’s triumph and its trivialities. Verona’s walls embrace the volatility of youth as well as the wisdom and restraint that often escape young and old alike. Thumb-biting, dance, and swordplay share the stage with sonnets, bawdy wit, and soul-searching speeches in this profoundly human and always surprising treasure.
The American Shakespeare Center brings a unique performance style to the Academy, blending Shakespeare’s stage craft with modern sensibility. The company uses Shakespeare’s staging conditions including universal lighting, minimal sets, doubling, cross-gender casting, and music. In Shakespeare’s day, the company couldn’t turn the lights out on the audience; actors and audience shared the same light. The Hungry Hearts Tour leaves the lights on for a type of audience contact rarely seen in modern day theatre. Audience members share directly in the action onstage as they become citizens of Verona in Romeo and Juliet.
Returning after directing last year’s Julius Caesar, ASC Guest Director and Fight Director Benjamin Curns finds in Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy a surprising message of hope. “The actions of our titular heroes, and their pursuit of love over hate, change the way their families think and act. By the end of the play, the love between Romeo and Juliet has created a new community.” Love can conquer all, but as this play reminds us, conquest can be a bloody business.
The 2016/17 Hungry Hearts production of Romeo and Juliet features Josh Clark as Romeo and returning ASC tour actor Zoe Speas as Juliet. Other returning actors from the 2015/16 Dangerous Dreams Tour are Cordell Cole, Andrew Godlwasser, Ross Neal, and Aleca Piper. Rounding out the cast are Sara J. Griffin, J.C. Long, Kyle Powell, Ronald Román, and Constance Swain.
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Run time: Approximately 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission.