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The Department of Theatre and Dance

at the Lab Theatre

Romeo and Juliet

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Robert Richmond

JANUARY 27-28, 2012

January 27: 8pm
January 28: 8pm and 11pm

Lab Theatre
1400 Wheat St.

$5 Admission, available only at the door


Romeo and Juliet at the Lab Theatre November 17-20, 2011  

Jake Mesches (left) and Danielle Peterson (right) star as the "star-cross'd lovers" in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Lab Theatre January 27-28, 2012.  Photo by Katie Foshee.



The University of South Carolina Department of Theatre and Dance is staging three encore performances of last semester's enormously popular production of Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of “star-cross’d lovers,” January 27-28, 2012 at the Lab Theatre.

Show times are: January 27, 8pm; January 28, 8pm and 11pm. Tickets are $5 and available each night at the door. The Lab Theatre is located at 1400 Wheat St., across from the Blatt P.E. Center.

The familiar story of two young lovers entangled by the escalating conflicts of their warring families will be told with a modern sensibility thanks to director Robert Richmond, who has a noted history of presenting Shakespeare with a fresh perspective.

Richmond, an Associate Professor with the department, is a former Associate Artistic Director of the Aquila Shakespeare Company, for whom he directed over thirty productions. In October, 2010, his substantially reworked version of the Bard’s Henry VIII at Washington D.C.’s prestigious Folger Theatre was a critical success, earning ten Helen Hayes Award nominations. Likewise, his “comic book” take on Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors delighted audiences at the university’s Drayton Hall Theatre last April.

With Romeo and Juliet, the director is taking the inventive approach of revealing the tragic deaths of the two ill-fated romantics at the beginning of the play, leaving their co-conspirator, the Friar, to tell their story.

Richmond says this production will fuse Shakespeare’s heightened language with a decidedly modern design aesthetic, with the goal of making it as accessible as possible to a modern audience. “It’s a world where tension and conflict run very high,” he explains. “So, it might be Belfast in the 80s, or Bosnia, or the Lower East Side today. It is a dark world of anger and discontent. If [audiences] see Twilight [in the production], well and good; if they see Fight Club, all the better.”

Richmond adds that a major highlight for him is the level of undergraduate participation in the production. “It really is a celebration of the talent and commitment of the undergraduates in the theatre program,” he says. Undergraduates will fill all the roles in the play, as well as serving roles ranging from stage management to sound and costume design. Theatre instructor Valerie Pruitt designed the set and serves as costume design advisor.

For more information on Romeo and Juliet or the theatre program at the University of SC, contact Kevin Bush via phone at (803) 777-9353 or via email at bushk@mailbox.sc.edu.