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UTSA English department presents 'Romeo and Juliet' Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Romeo and Juliet

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By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(Nov. 5, 2012) -- The Theater and Drama Through Performance Troupe in the UTSA Department of English will present Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" Friday-Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in the Buena Vista Theater at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The Friday and Saturday night performances begin at 7 p.m. Sunday afternoon’s presentation is at 3 p.m.

Shakespeare's story of young, star-crossed lovers is a tragedy of fate, rather than of a tragic flaw. The teenage main characters come from socially prominent families, the Capulets and the Montagues, Their senseless and arbitrary feud represents the fate, which Romeo and Juliet are powerless to overcome. The play, set in Renaissance Italy during a hot summer, begins with a street brawl and is compressed into a week in the lives of the feuding families. The action sets young against old, love against hate, and wisdom against passion.

The UTSA production is directed by Lynn Oliver, UTSA professor of English, and sponsored by Bridget Drinka, chair of the UTSA Department of English. Oliver joined UTSA in fall 2011 after a career of more than 20 years as an actor, singer, theatrical agent and high school theater educator in New York, Los Angeles and San Antonio.

The Drama Through Performance and Theater class is a collaborative artistic inquiry into the text, all aspects of play production, and the processes and elements involved in creating works of dramatic art. The audition process is part of the curriculum and is open to students registered in the class.

Admission is $10, $5 with any school ID. To purchase tickets, visit the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts website. For more information, call the UTSA Department of English at 210-458-4374.

 

 

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