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UOP explores gender roles with Romeo & Juliet play

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POSTED September 17, 2009 1:57 a.m.
STOCKTON — University of the Pacific opens their season with a bold spin on William Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Performances of Romeo and Juliet runs from Oct. 16-18 and Oct. 22-24 in the Long Theatre on the Stockton Campus.

Romeo and Juliet directed by Gary Armagnac, will appear on Pacific’s stage with an all female cast. Armagnac explains that, “An all female Romeo and Juliet affords our women actors the opportunity to explore characters that would normally be denied them. An interesting facet of this casting is that we can suddenly see aspects of relationships that aren’t just about gender. It allows us to explore the relationships of power in question that are independent of gender within the play.”

Armagnac has assembled a talented and diverse cast who will play multiple roles, both male and female. The title roles of the young lovers are played by Pacific seniors Danielle Stephens as Romeo and Emily Heller as Juliet. From sword fights to the beloved balcony scene, the ensemble in Romeo and Juliet will create a dynamic show. Esteemed faculty members and designers, Randall A. Enlow (sets and lights) and Cathie McClellan (costumes, hair, and make-up) will be creating the designs for this romantic tale.

The director and students at Pacific put a strong emphasis on the text work necessary to make Shakespeare’s language easily accessible to an audience. The goal is to tell the story of Romeo and Juliet in a clear way, so the audience can immerse themselves in the language, the poetry, and theatricality that are the hallmarks of this classic tale.

Romeo and Juliet runs Oct. 16-18 and Oct. 22-24 in the Long Theatre on Pacific’s campus. For ticket information please call the box office at 946-2867. General Admission tickets $12; students and faculty with ID $10, and seniors (65 and older) $8.

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