Summer Shakespeare to open "Romeo and Juliet" July 21

Author: Julie Hail Flory


Summer Shakespeare at the University of Notre Dame will present William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” from July 21 to August 1 in Washington Hall on campus. The fifth annual Summer Shakespeare production also will feature for the third consecutive year “ShakeScenes,” an event for young local actors.p. A complete schedule of performances and other information about the production are available on the Web at and ticket information is available by calling 574-631-9870.p. Considered by many the world’s greatest love story, “Romeo and Juliet” is the tragic tale of star-crossed lovers who fall victim to an ancient family feud amid the dust and heat of a Verona summer.p. William Brown, director at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, directs the production, which features some of the nation’s finest Shakespearean actors. Actors Matt Schwader and Elizabeth Ledo, both of whom have performed extensively in Chicago and elsewhere, play the title roles.p. Performances ofRomeo and Julietculminate a summer collegiate theater and production experience that provides students with intensive professional training in Shakespearean theater. Through an innovative Notre Dame course titledShakespeare-in-Performance,students learn from a teaching team composed of Shakespeare scholars and theater professionals to examine literary and theatrical perspectives on each play being produced. Students work on the production alongside theater professionals as assistants to directors, designers and technicians, and on stage in supporting roles.p. ShakeScenesparticipants will employ the techniques of a ShakespeareanGreen Showto perform scenes from a variety of Shakespeare’s plays at2 p.m. July 17-18 (Saturday-Sunday). The performances, which are free and open to the public, will be held on the Fieldhouse Mall, located between the LaFortune Student Center and the Clarke Memorial Fountain on campus.p. _Contact: Paul Rathburn, producer/artistic director, 574-631-5069, _ p. p. p.

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