Turning Glass Shakespeare to Tour Six Person Romeo & Juliet

November 18, 2014

Turning Glass Shakespeare, the 2014–15 MFA company of Mary Baldwin University’s Shakespeare and Performance graduate program, in association with the American Shakespeare Center, announces their small-scale touring show: William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, directed by Mara Sherman.

Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague, the children of feuding families in Verona, fall in love and are secretly married. Joy turns to tragedy, however, when Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt, kills Romeo’s friend, Mercutio, and Romeo kills Tybalt to avenge his friend’s death. Romeo is banished and Juliet faces marrying an unwanted suitor.

Romeo & Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays and presents a mixture of tragedy, romance, action and bawdy comedy. As a small-scale tour, Turning Glass Shakespeare’s production tells Shakespeare’s story using only six actors and minimal props and costumes. This imaginative approach, combined with an early 1990s setting, makes the production an exciting take on a classic play.

Romeo & Juliet will open at 8 p.m. on December 6 in Francis Auditorium at Mary Baldwin University and on December 8 at the Blackfriars Playhouse. Running for an hour and a half, performances are pay what you will. After the initial shows, the production will go on tour in the Shenandoah Valley area. To book a performance,please visit www.turningglassshakespeare.com. Also check out Turning Glass Shakespeare on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr for more information. Or contact Nora Manca at 630-853-8815 or turningglassshakes@gmail.com

Turning Glass Shakespeare company members: Sarah E. Blackwell, Nicola Collett, Amy W. Grubbs, David M. Loehr, Nora Manca, Sarah Martin, Emma Patrick, Ashley Pierce, Mara Sherman, and Rebecca Wright

MLitt/MFA Faculty: Doreen Bechtol, Ralph Cohen, Mary Hill Cole, Matthew Davies, Paul Menzer, and Janna Segal