‘Romeo and Juliet’ to be Performed on Rose Theatre Stage

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 5, 2006 — The timeless masterpiece, “Romeo & Juliet,” by William Shakespeare, will be performed by Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance April 21-22 and April 25-30 at the Forrest H. Rose Theatre.

The production will open at 8 p.m. April 21 and will run through Sunday, April 30, with various show times.

Probably the most popular play in Shakespeare’s repertoire, and considered by many to be the greatest love story of all time, “Romeo and Juliet” is the heart wrenching story of tragic love surrounded by secrecy, strife, misunderstanding, and how it ultimately leads to the death of two young lovers.

Never meant by Shakespeare to be read as literature but instead performed live on stage, “Romeo and Juliet” may contain some of the most beautiful and memorable language ever written.  Its lines are easily and immediately understood by audience members of all ages, as the play’s underlying passion and emotion transcends the age of the words themselves.

Directed by Kenn Stilson, Southeast’s action-packed production will feature large sword-fighting scenes, beautiful and original period costumes, and a very large and diverse cast.  The phenomenal set, perhaps one of the largest and most intricate in the history of the Rose Theatre,

was designed by special guest designer, Chris Atkinson, chair of the Theatre Department at the University of Missouri.  Dr. Robert Dillon Jr., a Department of Theatre and Dance faculty member and extraordinary Shakespearian actor, will take the stage with student and community actors as Lord Capulet.Certainly the crown jewel of an exceptional 2005-2006 season, this production will be a wonderful opportunity to see professional-quality acting, gorgeous costumes, and a state-of-the-art set in the context of the beautiful and emotionally compelling classic, “Romeo & Juliet.” 

Please call the Performing Arts Box Office for tickets or additional information at 573-651-2265.