Theater Program Presents Shakespeare’s Tragic Masterpiece “Romeo and Juliet”

romeoandjulietcopy1Just in time for the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, the Rutgers University–Camden theater program will present the legendary playwright’s tragic masterpiece “Romeo and Juliet” in the Walter K. Gordon Theater on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

Evening performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, to Saturday, April 16. A special high school matinee will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 15, and a matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17.

The final show in the theater program’s 2015-16 season, which features a cast of 25 students and alumni, promises to be a production of epic proportions. Performed in period-correct costumes with live music on a set inspired by the design of the original Globe Theatre, the performance aims to transport viewers to Shakespeare’s time to experience firsthand the star-crossed romance of young Romeo and Juliet. Full of love, loss, vengeance, and arguably some of the most beautiful lyric poetry ever written, “Romeo and Juliet” has moved and delighted audience for centuries.

romeoandjuliet-copy3The production is directed by Kenneth Elliott, chair of the Department of Fine Arts and an associate professor of theater at Rutgers–Camden. Elliott has directed many productions at Rutgers–Camden, including “The Importance of Being Earnest.” He has directed 20 Off-Broadway shows in New York City, and numerous regional productions, including “Devil Boys from Beyond,” which he co-authored with Buddy Thomas, winning the Outstanding Play Award at the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival.

The cast is led by freshman history and philosophy major Khalil LaDouceur of Willingboro, a graduate of Willingboro High School, as Romeo, and sophomore theater major Kimberly Starts of Pennsauken, a graduate of Bishop Eustace Preparatory School, as Juliet.

James Mobley, technical director of the theater program at Rutgers–Camden, is designing the set, which will bring the feel of the original Globe stage into the Walter K. Gordon Theater.

Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for senior citizens, faculty, staff, and alumni; and $7 for non-Rutgers students with a valid ID. Rutgers students may reserve two free tickets with a valid ID at the Impact Booth, located in the Campus Center. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Impact Booth at (856) 225-6211. Tickets will be sold on a cash-only basis at the box office beginning two hours prior to curtain time.

The Walter K. Gordon Theater is located in the Fine Arts Complex, at 314 Linden Street on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

For more information, visit rutgerscamdentheater.com. To arrange tickets for the high school matinee, contact Jake Hufner at (856) 225-2870 or jhufner@camden.rutgers.edu.

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