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"Romeo & Juliet" to die for

PSU’s School of Theatre and 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, pdx.edu/boxoffice/

COST: PSU students (in advance): $6
PSU students, faculty and staff and seniors: $8 
General public: $12
Feb. 27 preview tickets: $6