IU Theatre celebrates the Bard with a 17th Century-inspired production of ROMEO & JULIET


Bloomington, IND – For just 8 performances this year, the Indiana University Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance will transport audiences to fair Verona for a production of Romeo and Juliet, inspired by the seventeenth century home of Shakespeare’s works.

“In the past I’ve had a lot of fun with incorporating contemporary elements in classic works. But for this production I wanted to tread as close to the traditional esthetic as possible. I wanted our actors to have an opportunity to really dig deep into the language, without the bells and whistles that are associated with post-modern productions,” explains director Nancy Lipschultz, a longtime voice and speech professor at IU.

To that end, set designer, Kristen Martino, has created a wide, flexible space, referencing the outdoor dexterity of the Globe, while costume designer, Eriko Terao, has designed nearly 20 early seventeenth century costumes.

Drama, humor, and rapiers and daggers will abound, along with period music and dance.

For a complete list of cast and creative team, please visit: http://www.indiana.edu/~thtr/productions/2014/romeoandjuliet.shtml

The public is also invited to visit the IU Art Museum for a FREE event, From the HeART, on Friday, February 13th from 1pm – 3pm. Students from IU’s Historical Performance Institute will present popular compositions from Shakespeare’s early-Elizabethan England on period instruments and Romeo and Juliet will make an appearance at 1:30pm to treat the audience to a sneak peek of the production with an excerpt from the famous balcony scene. Other activities for this Valentine’s Day-themed event include a paper-flower activity, card-making station, and hot chocolate samples and last-minute gift ideas from Angles Café.

WHAT: Romeo and Juliet, presented by IU Theatre

WHEN: Feb. 27, 28, Mar. 3 – 6, @7:30 p.m. / Mar. 7 @ 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ruth N. Halls Theatre, Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave.

TICKETS: Regular admission is $25 for adults, $15 for students, $20 for senior citizens. 812.855.1103 or theatre.indiana.edu. For more information contact Amy Osajima (aosajima@indiana.edu).

Friday, Feb 13, 1 – 3 p.m
.: From the HeART, Indiana University Art Museum 1133 E. 7th St., Bloomington IN

First rehearsal images:

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