Azusa Pacific University theater opens its 24th season with Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare–– a tragic romance set in a modern light. The show runs October 4-14, with Thursday through Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. The production takes place in the Warehouse Theater, located in the Mary Hill Center of APU’s West Campus, at 701 W. Foothill Blvd., in Azusa. Free parking is available. General admission tickets cost $20, while tickets for senior citizens, military personnel, and students cost $17. Tickets for APU faculty, staff, and students cost $15. For tickets, call the Felix Event Center Box Office at (626) 815-5494 or order them online. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Tickets on sale now. This show is recommended for ages 13 and up.
Set in the present day city of Los Angeles and the Hollywood hills, this version tells the classic tale of forbidden love in the midst of political strife, embracing stiff realities which exist in city communities today. Follow Romeo and Juliet’s quest for love, while their parents—honorable members of city communities—continue their hostile feud.
The APU production is staged and directed by guest director Kevin Slay. Slay has extensive experience as a freelance director and as part-time faculty at several colleges and universities in Southern California including Azusa Pacific University, California State University, Fullerton, Citrus College, and Vanguard University. He is a national winner in Theatre Direction from the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and holds an M.F.A. in Directing for the Theatre from California State University, Fullerton.
“This play demonstrates social, political, and economic divisions familiar to us in our own modern society,” said Slay. “The story reminds us that we can still find love, hope, and forgiveness, even when conflict threatens to drive us apart.”
For more information, visit the theater’s website.
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