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When faced with great odds, it is up to love to lay things straight. Director Curt L. Tofteland’s new modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet is passionate, swift and brutal. Set against a backdrop of modern urban warfare and violence, the young, star-crossed lovers of Shakespeare’s most beloved play must overcome great obstacles, unlike anything they have seen before. Romeo and Juliet is a haunting reminder that love is the strongest weapon at our disposal.
Romeo + Juliet will be performed at the DeWitt Theatre (141 East 12th Street) at 8:00 p.m. on July 12, 13, 18, 23, 26, 31, August 3, 5 and 8.
Romeo + Juliet features a diverse cast that highlights the differences in our culture in an invigorating contemporary style. This classic tragedy that dives into the issues plaguing the modern world will be performed in record time; about 90 minutes. This new adaptation provides a vehicle to explore one of the societal problems that are affecting today’s youth, gang warfare. After every performance a talk back will be held with members of the cast and members of the Shakespeare Behind Bars program founded by the director of this production, Curt L. Tofteland.
Individual tickets are now on sale at the DeWitt Ticket Office (141 E. 12th St) from Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from Noon- Intermission. Our Downtown Ticket Office (100 E. 8th St. - Main Level) is open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Prices range from $12 - $21 for Romeo + Juliet. Patrons can purchase individual tickets online by visiting hope.edu/hsrt or calling 616-395-7890.