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HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS PROVOCATIVE, POP-CENTRIC PRODUCTION OF SHAKESPEARE’S ROMEO AND JULIET

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR PETER DUBOIS’ CONTEMPORARY IMAGINING
INSPIRED BY AMERICAN TRIBALISM

BOSTON, MA – January 24, 2019 –  William Shakespeare’s enduring romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet comes to the Huntington Theatre Company as a thrillingly modern event helmed by Artistic Director Peter DuBoisPerformances begin March 1 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue, Boston) and will run through March 31. Tickets are now on sale to the general public. 

Impassioned young lovers are caught between the violence and intolerance of their feuding families in one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, Romeo and Juliet. This innocent pair’s affections for one another are only matched in passion and decadence by the unbridled rivalry between their kin. A tale that shifts blame between fate and collective responsibility, Romeo and Juliet illuminates the consequences of reckless love and reckless hate in this pop-centric, contemporary production that pairs Shakespearean verse with modern design, themes, fashion, and music. DuBois’ vision nods to the political fractures of our current era, the cultural differences that pull us apart, and the enduring power of passion that makes the possibility of young love real at any risk.

In helming the first Shakespeare play produced by the Huntington in eight years, Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois brings an exhilarating and modern sensibility to this timeless classic about the intensity of first love and attraction amid a dangerously divided community. “Looking at the world around us, we see people living with ferocious loyalty to their causes, unyielding in their principles,” says DuBois. “That is the connection that inspired me to revisit this work. Instead of theoretical foes, audiences may recognize members of both houses Montague and Capulet. They are our idols, our neighbors, civil servants, and the media. Shakespeare explores the peril of a society possessed by blind tribalism set against a love story that has a boundless sense of joy and abandon.”

Newcomers George Hampe (Regrets at Manhattan Theatre Club) and Lily Santiago (A Doll's House, Part 2 at George Street Playhouse; Othello at The Public Theater) make their Huntington Theatre Company debuts as Romeo and Juliet. Joining them is a cast of familiar local natives and Huntington favorites including Elliot Norton Award winners Marianna Bassham (I Was Most Alive with You, Becoming Cuba at the Huntington) as Lady Capulet; Nancy E. Carroll (A Doll’s House, Part 2; Ripcord at the Huntington) as the Nurse; Matthew J. Harris (TartuffeTopdog/Underdog at the Huntington) as Mercutio; Will Lyman (Guess Who's Coming to DinnerAll My Sons at the Huntington) as Friar Laurence; Nael Nacer (A Doll's HouseBedroom Farce at the Huntington) as Lord Montague, and Maurice Emmanuel Parent (Skeleton Crew, Merrily We Roll Along at the Huntington) as Lord Capulet.

The cast of Romeo and Juliet also includes Matthew Bretschneider as Paris (Tartuffe, Dead End at the Huntington); Ed Hoopman (A Civil War Christmas at the Huntington) as the Prince; Celeste Oliva (Sheer Madness at the Charles Playhouse) as Lady Montague; Omar Robinson (Tartuffe at the Huntington) as Benvolio; and John Zdrojeski (Huntington debut) as Tybalt. Rounding out the ensemble are Margaret Clark, Zaven Ovian, Dale Place, Khyati Sehgal, and Kai Tshikosi.

Romeo and Juliet will include scenic design by Wilson Chin (Skeleton Crew and Tiger Style! at the Huntington; Next Fall on Broadway), costume design by Ilona Somogyi (FallDisgraced, and Good People at the Huntington, Clybourne Park on Broadway), lighting design by Russell H. Champa (A Guide for the Homesick, Now or Later and Captors at the Huntington), with sound design and original music by Obadiah Eaves (Shining City at the Huntington; extensive Broadway credits include Saint Joan, The Country House, The Assembled Parties, Harvey). Production stage manager is Emily F. McMullen and stage manager is Kevin Schlagle.

CREATIVE TEAM

Peter DuBois (Director) is in his 11th season as Artistic Director at the Huntington where his directing credits include Moliére’s Tartuffe; Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music; the world premieres of Bernard Weinraub’s Fall, Gina Gionfriddo’s Can You Forgive Her?, Lydia R. Diamond’s Smart People, Evan M. Wiener’s Captors, Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet (2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist), Bob Glaudini’s Vengeance is the Lord’s, and David Grimm’s The Miracle at Naples; the regional premieres of A. Rey Pamatmat’s after all the terrible the things I do, Stephen Belber’s The Power of Duff, and Gina Gionfriddo’s Becky Shaw and Rapture, Blister, Burn; and Craig Lucas’ Prelude to a Kiss. His West End/London credits include Sex with Strangers and Rapture, Blister, Burn (Hampstead Theatre), All New People with Zach Braff (Duke of York’s Theatre), and Becky Shaw (Almeida Theatre). His New York credits include Can You Forgive Her? (Vineyard Theatre), The Power of Duff with Greg Kinnear (New York Stage and Film/Powerhouse Theater); Rapture, Blister, Burn (Playwrights Horizons, 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist); Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theatre Company, 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist); Modern Terrorism, Becky Shaw, Trust with Sutton Foster, All New People, and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Second Stage Theatre); Measure for Pleasure, Richard III with Peter Dinklage, Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles?, and Biro (The Public Theater); and Jack Goes Boating with Philip Seymour Hoffman and The View From 151st Street (LAByrinth Theater Company/The Public Theater). He served for five years as associate producer and resident director at The Public Theater, preceded by five years as artistic director of the Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. Mr. DuBois has directed multiple episodes of the podcast “Modern Love,” including its debut with Lauren Molina. Prior to his work at Perseverance, Mr. DuBois lived and worked in the Czech Republic where he co-founded Asylum, a multi-national squat theatre in Prague. His productions have been on the annual top ten lists of The New York Times, Time Out, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Newsday, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, The Evening Standard, The Boston Globe, and Improper Bostonian, and he received an Honorable Mention for 2013 Bostonian of the Year by The Boston Globe Magazine.

Wilson Chin (Scenic Design) previously designed sets for Skeleton Crew and Tiger Style! at the Huntington. He has earned acclaim for his designs of new plays, including Next Fall (Broadway); the Pulitzer Prize- winning Cost of Living (Manhattan Theatre Club and Williamstown Theatre Festival); Pass Over (Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Lincoln Center Theater); Wild Goose Dreams (La Jolla Playhouse and The Public Theater); The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons); Teenage Dick (Ma-Yi Theater Company and The Public Theater); Aubergine (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Lewiston (Long Wharf Theatre); My Mañana Comes (The Playwrights Realm); Mothers and Sons (Bucks County Playhouse); and The Great Leap (Seattle Repertory Theatre). Opera designs include Lucia di Lammermoor (Lyric Opera of Chicago) and Eine Florentinische Tragodie / Gianni Schicchi (Canadian Opera Company, Dora Award winner). Mr. Chin recently designed his first film, Spike Lee’s Pass Over. @wilsonchindesign

Ilona Somogyi (Costume Design) designed costumes for FallDisgraced, and Good People for the Huntington. She designed Clybourne Park on Broadway. Recent New York credits include Sleep (Brooklyn Academy of Music); Nice Fish (St. Ann’s Warehouse, American Repertory Theater, and London); and Gloria (Vineyard Theatre and Goodman Theatre.) Recent regional credits include Will Rogers Follies and Anything Goes (Goodspeed Opera House); Oklahoma!CarouselSmokey Joe’s Café, and King Hedley II (The Arena Stage); Assassins (Yale Repertory Theatre); Grey Gardens (Bay Street Theater and Los Angeles); SederHeartbreak HouseCloud Nine, and Romeo and Juliet (Hartford Stage); and productions with Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, and Westport Country Playhouse. Ms. Somogyi is a graduate and member of the faculty at Yale School of Drama.

Russell H. Champa (Lighting Design) previously designed A Guide to the Homesick, Now or Later and Captors at the Huntington. Current and recent projects include About Alice (Theater for a New Audience); Log Cabin (Playwrights Horizons); Transfers (MCC); Everest (Kansas City Opera) and Thresh|Hold (Pilobolus). Broadway credits include China Doll, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Lyceum Theatre/Lincoln Center Theater), and Julia Sweeney’s God Said “Ha!.” New York work includes Lincoln Center Theater, The Public Theater, Second Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club, NYSAF, and Juilliard. Regional work includes Steppenwolf, ACT, the Wilma Theater, Trinity Rep, CalShakes, Mark Taper Forum, and The Kennedy Center.

Obadiah Eaves (Sound Design & Original Music) previously designed Shining City at the Huntington. Broadway credits include Saint Joan; The Country House; The Assembled Parties; Harvey; A Life in the Theatre; Collected Stories; Accent on Youth; Come Back, Little Sheba; The Lieutenant of Inishmore; and Shining City. Other recent designs include Noura (Playwright’s Horizons), The Portuguese Kid (Manhattan Theatre Club), The Total Bent (The Public Theater), Hannah and the Dread Gazebo (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The Bells (Resident Ensemble Players), Constellations and Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem (Seattle Repertory Theatre). Mr. Eaves has received BACC, Lortel, AUDELCO, and VIV Awards. His music has appeared on HBO, Nickelodeon, Discovery, TLC, History Channel, Bravo, A&E, The Learning Channel, and in ads for Fisher-Price toys.

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.

PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CALENDAR

WHEN: March 1-31, 2019

  • Select Evenings: Tues – Thurs at 7:30pm; Fri – Sat at 8pm; select Sun at 7pm
  • Matinees: Select Wed, Sat, and Sun at 2pm
  • Days and times vary; see complete schedule.

 Press Opening: Wednesday, March 6 @ 7pm; RSVP online.

WHERE: Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston

TICKETS: Single tickets starting at $25, and FlexPasses are on sale:

  • Online at huntingtontheatre.org
  • By phone at 617 266 0800
  • In person at the Huntington Avenue Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.

Select discounts apply:

  • $5 off: seniors (65+)
  • $10 off: subscribers
  • $30 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required);
  • $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required) 

SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH ROMEO AND JULIET:

POST-SHOW AUDIENCE CONVERSATIONS
After select Fri. – Sun. evening, Wed. matinee, Sat. matinee, and Sun. matinee performances throughout the season
An opportunity for audience members to discuss what they have just seen. Led by members of the Huntington staff.

35 BELOW AFTER PARTY
Friday, March 1, following the 8pm performance
35 BELOW is the Huntington's special program for anyone 35 and under where tickets to every performance are always $30. Mingle with members of the cast and creative team, enjoy live entertainment and free refreshments, plus meet other young theatre lovers in Boston.

COOLIDGE CORNER SCREENING OF WEST SIDE STORY
Monday, March 4 at 7pm
Tickets: $13

Winner of 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture, this classic musical set among the tenements of New York City finds star-crossed lovers Maria (Natalie Wood) and Tony (Richard Beymer) caught in the midst of a turf war between rival street gangs. The modern Romeo and Juliet story features original choreography by Jerome Robbins, as adapted from the Broadway stage production. Oscar winners Rita Moreno and George Chakiris co-star.

Featuring a post-screening conversation with guests from the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Part of the Stage & Screen series, a collaboration between the Huntington Theatre Company and the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

ACTORS FORUMS
Friday, March  8 after the 10am performance (student matinee)
Thursday, March 14 after the 10am performance (student matinee)
Wednesday, March 20 after the 2pm performance
Thursday, March 28 after the 7:30pm performance
Meet participating members of the cast of Romeo and Juliet and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum, following the performance.

HUMANITIES FORUM
Sunday, March 17 after the 2pm performance
Explore the context and significance of Romeo and Juliet with a leading expert following the 2pm performance on March 17.

STUDENT MATINEE
Friday, March  8 at 10am 
Thursday, March 14 at 10am
Recommended for students in grades 7–12. Tickets: $15. Includes pre-show in-school visit, curriculum guide, post-show Actors Forum, and Dramatic Returns card for each student. Call 617 273 1558 for reservations and more information.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE-INTERPRETED (ASL) PERFORMANCES
Thursday, March 14 at 10am (student matinee)
Friday, March 15 at 8pm
The Huntington Theatre Company offers ASL interpretation for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing at designated performances.

Seating for each ASL-interpreted performance is located in the orchestra, house left. Tickets are $20 for each Deaf patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Interim Co-Director of Education Meg O’Brien at mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES
Thursday, March 14 at 10am (student matinee)
Saturday, March 16 at 2pm
The Huntington Theatre Company offers audio description for patrons who are blind or low-vision at designated performances.

Tickets are $20 for each patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Interim Co-Director of Education at mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

OPEN CAPTIONING PERFORMANCES
Wednesday, March 20 at 2pm 
Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30pm
The Huntington Theatre Company offers audio description for patrons with slight to profound hearing loss at designated performances.

Tickets are $20 for each patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Interim Co-Director of Education at mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

 

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