"Romeo & Juliet" to die for
PSU’s School of Theater + Film sets its production of Shakespeare’s tragedy "Romeo and Juliet" in post-war Italy, circa 1948.
This "fair Verona" is a town familiar with bloodshed, where the weapons of war are still in circulation and socialism and fascism divide families. Twenty-one actors stage the play with a live band, fighting and dancing.
"It's a visceral play, the blood, the sweat — there's a grittiness to it," says guest director Jim Iorio. "I want to shatter the idea about what Shakespeare is, this romantic stuff."
Iorio, a professional actor and director who has performed on Broadway, wants the audience to ask, "What are you willing to die for?"
WHEN: Preview: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27
Performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1
2 p.m. Sunday, March 2
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, March 5 - 8
WHERE: Lincoln Performance Hall, PSU
TICKETS: PSU Box Office
COST: PSU students (in advance): $6
PSU students, faculty and staff and seniors: $8 General public: $12
Feb. 27 preview tickets: $6