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Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' to open May 6

RELEASED: April 30, 2010

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EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts will present the William Shakespeare classic "Romeo and Juliet" May 6-8 and May 12-15 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. May 9 in Kjer Theatre.

The play, which tells the story of two star-crossed lovers forbidden to be together, is perhaps one of the most famous of all love stories. The UW-Eau Claire production will take a more traditional approach to Shakespeare's classic, set in 1550 Verona during the height of the city-states in Italy during the late Renaissance.

Director F. Reed Brown, lecturer of theatre, chose to present the story in the traditional period for a number of reasons.

"It appealed to me on a number of levels, but the use of rapiers as the weaponry and the costumes of the time were the final appealing elements."

Brown said the play will have a few surprises as well.

"One of the few modern twists is that we have done a good bit of cross-gendered casting, which is not 'new,' as Shakespeare cast boys as women in Elizabethan England," he said.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $10 for the general public, $6 for those 17 and younger, $8 for those 62 and older and faculty and staff, and $2.50 for students with a university ID.

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