The Montague's are "the Crips", the Capulet's are "the Bloods" as the words of Shakespeare collide with the world of African American street gangs.
Tennessee State University Summer Stock Theatre will present William Shakespeare's ROMEO & JULIET at the TSU Performing Arts Center Cox/Lewis Theater from July 24th through August 10th.
A long, hot summer in the housing projects of Nashville enflames the old feud between the Montague's and the Capulet's leading to public brawls. As the tension builds in the streets, two teenagers fall in love at first sight. Married in secret, they hope for reconciliation between the two rival gangs. When short tempers lead to deadly consequences, the young lovers find themselves alone and on the run, facing impossible odds and making desperate decisions.
What starts as a bawdy teenage comedy transforms into a heart-stirring romance for the ages, and features the shining lyricism of Shakespeare's extraordinary poetry.
Director Barry Scott says, "This particular approach has an important social relevance for urban America today. This treatment fits like a glove."
Romeo and Juliet is slated for a three week run at the TSU Performing Arts Center Cox/Lewis Theater. Performances are scheduled Thursday through Saturday nights at 7:00pm and Sunday afternoons at 3:00 pm, July 24 through August 10, 2008. Tickets are $10. Discounts are available for students, seniors, and groups.*
To purchase tickets or for more information, call Barry Scott: 615-963-5742 · fax: 615-963-5742.
Showtimes: Week One:
Thursday, July 24, through Saturday July 26, at 7:00 p.m. & Sunday's, July 27, at 3:00 p.m. ·
Thursday, July 31, through Saturday, August 2, at 7:00 p.m. & Sunday, August 3, at 3:00 p.m.·
Thursday, August 7, through Saturday, August 9, at 7:00 p.m.& Sunday, August 10, at 3:00 p.m.
The Tennessee State University Performing Arts Center Cox/Lewis Theater is located on Albion Street. From I-40 West, Exit 28th Avenue Go straight through traffic Light onto Albion Street. Turn Right at 2nd Stop sign (35th Avenue North). Turn Left into Lot H. The Performing Arts Center is the building with the white fins.
For more information, please call: Barry Scott 615-963-5742 or email him at: wbscott@Tnstate.edu
*$7 for TSU Faculty & Staff and $3 for students with I.D.