poster for Romeo and JulietAMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER RETURNS
TO UALBANY

The UAlbany Performing Arts Center, operating under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences and in conjunction with the NYS Writers Institute with support provided by the Department of English and University Auxiliary Services, is pleased to present American Shakespeare Center in a performance of Romeo and Juliet on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 7:30pm. This performance follows up on the company’s successful visits to present Othello in 2013-14, Much Ado About Nothing in 2014-15 and Julius Caesar in 2015-16.  The stop at UAlbany is part of American Shakespeare Center’s fall “Hungry Hearts” tour which includes performances in 20 locations across eight states. 

Performed in true Shakespearian style, Romeo and Juliet will have audience members seated on three sides. The play will be presented in full light, the set design will be minimal and live acoustic music will be performed before the play and during intermission.  The troupe consists of eleven actors so several play more than one role, another aspect of Elizabethan play going.

Director Benjamin Curns finds in Shakespeare's romantic tragedy a surprising message of hope.  “The actions of our titular heroes, and their pursuit of love over hate, change the way their families think and act,” he says.  “By the end of the play, the love between Romeo and Juliet has created a new community.  Love can conquer all, but as this play reminds us, conquest can be a bloody business.”

Since 1988, the American Shakespeare Center has toured the country with shows incorporating Shakespeare’s staging conditions.  Based out of Staunton, VA, the company mission is to recover the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education.  The company’s Blackfriars Playhouse, the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, is open year-round for productions of classic plays which have been hailed by The Washington Post as "shamelessly entertaining" and by The Boston Globe as "phenomenal…bursting with energy."  Founded in 1988 as Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, the organization became the American Shakespeare Center in 2005.

“Touring has always been at the heart of what we do,” says Jim Warren, Artistic Director/Co-founder of American Shakespeare Center. “Part of our mission is to show how accessible, meaningful and fun Shakespeare can be to people locally, regionally and across the nation.  We modeled ourselves on Shakespeare's own company, which also toured, so we're designed to turn every space we play into feeling like a raucous Elizabethan theatre.

Advance tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show (pending availability) are $20 for the general public and $15 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.

There will also be a special morning matinee performance of Romeo and Juliet for high school groups on the same day at 10am. This performance is sold out but high school educators are invited to put their groups on a waiting list for seats by contacting the UAlbany Performing Arts Center office at (518) 442-5738 or PAC@albany.edu.