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Fantastic!! Romeo and Juliet in Uphams Corner at the Strand Oct 2 - Nov 3, 2013

"We're very excited!"

Romeo and Juliet - Actors' Shakespeare Project at the Strand

Actors' Shakespeare Project is in its 10th Anniversary season and will be opening with their City of Boston collaboration of Romeo and Juliet on Saturday, October 5, 2013 with "preview" shows during the week prior.  Mayor Menino hosted Somerville's Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Actors' Shakespeare Project (ASP) in the Eagle Room at Boston City Hall to make the announcement on March 13, 2013. 

Not only will the play be staged in Uphams Corner but it will take place at one of Mayor Menino's prized project sites, the Strand Theatre.  The production will be co-directed by ASP company member Bobbie Steinbach and ASP's Artistic Director Allyn Burrows.  The last time ASP performed in Uphams Corner was with their staging of Hamlet in the fall of 2006. 

Strong Sense of Pride

At the March 13 reception for ASP, Mayor Menino spoke of his sense of pride.  "The work of the talented staff at ASP goes a long way in helping the young people of Boston to develop an appreciation and understanding of the arts.  I look forward to collaborating with them for many seasons to come."  Actually, he meant "The City" as he has announced that he is stepping down as mayor.

While the grand opening night is scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2013, the company has been holding previews.  A resident of Uphams Corner stopped by to tell us that the show is "magnificent."  She had attended on the night that students from the Boston Arts Academy were in house.  She and others had the chance to be seated on stage with many additional others in the regular seating area. 

"Go with a friend," she said.  "Read the play in advance.  The production is very intense."  She added, that "the cast is mixed with people of color dominating including the roles of Romeo and Mercutio."  No, not another version of West Side Story but the real Shakespeare in more modern trappings.

Tickets are available to Dorchester residents (with proof of residency) for $10 though some limitations may apply.

Actors' Shakespeare Project:  Romeo & Juliet
October 2 - November 3, 2013
Strand Theatre, Dorchester

Romeo and Juliet - Actors' Shakespeare Project at the Strand

(l to r)  Jason Bowen (Romeo),  Julie Ann Earls (Juliet),  Romeo & Juliet co-directors Bobbie Steinbach and Allyn Burrows -
photo by Stratton McCrady. Actors’ Shakespeare Project will open its 10th Anniversary Season
with a new production of Shakespeare’s universal and timeless love story Romeo & Juliet
October 2 – November 3, 2013 at The Strand Theatre in Dorchester. 

Visit http://www.actorsshakespeareproject.org for more information.

Romeo and Juliet - Actors' Shakespeare Project at the Strand

Pictured (l to r) Actors' Shakespeare Project Artistic Director Allyn Burrows
with Romeo & Juliet co-director Bobbie Steinbach
on first rehearsal and opening of ASP's new rehearsal studio in the Somerville Amory.

Posted: Oct 04, 2013     Nancy J Conrad

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