February 14, 2003
ISU Theatre production focuses on tragedy
It won't be your Heartbreak High version of Romeo and Juliet.
In fact, Director Robin Stone doesn't even consider the upcoming ISU Theatre
production of the play to be a romantic love story.
"We're approaching this story as the tragedy that it is," said Stone,
assistant professor of theatre. "We are emphasizing the ideas that are
relevant now, with regard to human emotion in a world of hatred and
violence. A lot of people have seen brighter, happier versions of this play,
but that's not what they'll see with this production."
A cast of 19 will perform Romeo and Juliet, which opens Friday, Feb. 28, in
Fisher Theater. The classic Shakespeare tale of two young lovers and their
long-feuding families is considered by many among the most beloved plays of
all time. The ISU Theatre rendition will feature several fight scenes,
choreographed by guest combat choreographer Paul Steger, a professor at
Florida State University.
"The challenge has been in finding ways this play can serve as metaphors of
our society and our time," Stone said, "in finding ways to effectively
communicate those themes and ideas with the poetic language.
"Students are experiencing lots of epiphanies during this process," he
continued. "We continue to find moments we can all relate to, moments that
seemed hidden before we examined them."
Romeo and Juliet will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1, 7
and 8, and at 2 p.m. on March 2 and 9. Tickets ($11 for adults, $10 for
senior citizens and $5.50 for students) are available at the Iowa State
Center ticket office or by calling 4-3347.
Ames, Iowa 50011, (515) 294-4111
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