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Volume V No 107, 05/28/2015
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Romeo & Juliet - at the Strand
May 29 - May 30, 2015

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) presents Shakespeare’s universal and timeless love story Romeo & Juliet--at The Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road in Dorchester,  Friday, May 29, 7:30 PM and Saturday, May 30 at 2:00 PM (ASL Interpreted).  

All tickets are only $5.00.

Romeo and Juliet - Commonwealth Shakespeare CoWorld's Best-Known Love Story

Perhaps the world's best-known story of love against insurmountable odds, Romeo & Juliet takes us to Verona, where a violent feud between rival families, the Montagues and Capulets, shatters the peace of everyday life.

While the escalating feud and bloodshed pushes the city to the brink of martial law, the teenage children of each family, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, discover in each other a forbidden love. 

So consuming and powerful is their love, we imagine it could end the familial strife forever.  Then ill-timed circumstances escalate the conflict, fueling vengeance.  Hasty choices ultimately push Romeo and Juliet to desperate measures.

Relevant to Today's Youth

How is this well-known and tragic story relevant to today's youth?   "The pressures young people face are tremendous," says director Adam Sanders, CSC’s Associate Artistic Director. "But these characters find in their relationship something to believe in, without any doubts, and pursue it with ferocity. It's thoroughly tragic the way that reality consumes them, for what otherwise should be so simple and satisfying."

 "Reading the play as an adult, I'm reminded of all the things that were confusing and challenging for me growing up. How to talk to girls? How to relate to my peers? How to behave 'like a man' (meaning  'adult' and 'male')? How to reconcile my family among others? What I admire about Romeo and Juliet is the sense of clarity and purpose in their actions-that is the thing, I think, that many young people search for the most."

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The Debut of CSC2

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is committed to reaching out to young people through their acting skills, ability to relate to audiences of all ages and for the remarkable impact this story can have on audiences especially the youth.

The Strand Theatre's mission is to serve as a cultural and educational resource to artists and audiences regardless of race or cultural background, age, ability, gender, economic level, or sexual orientation. Central to the Strand's mission is the development and implementation of youth arts educations programs.

To that end, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is particularly pleased to announce the debut of CSC2:
  • A young, diverse company of 12 non-Equity early-career actors who have some professional experience. 
  • Working with the Shakespeare Company on an extended basis
  • Distinct from the main stage actors yet with opportunity to work alongside them.
CSC2 are the actors who will be giving us the story of Romeo and Juliet.  And a variety of other productions will help develop and fine-tune their acting skills including CSC's Free Shakespeare on the Common production of King Lear this summer.

CSC2 actors in Romeo & Juliet

For the community, CSC2 is providing two Romeo and Juliet performances:  Friday, May 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm.  The Saturday performance is designed for a more complete immersion into the arts.  An Open House with tours of The Strand and free workshops starting at 12:30 p.m. All tickets are $5. For more information, visit commshakes.org or call 617-426-0863.

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Visit CSC website:  http://www.commshakes.org