By William Shakespeare
Directed by: Darlene Spencer
Performances: November 20-23, 1991
Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building
When I was first introduced to Shakespeare's tragedies in high school, I was incredibly intimidated. We would study them in sombre confusion; we'd read them aloud with great conviction and little understanding. I'm not sure if the language bogged me down, or the seemingly huge emotions. I just remember those classes being very depressing. Re-reading Romeo and Juliet these years later, after having worked on Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Taming of the Shrew, I am reminded of Shakespeare's incredible sense of play, his sense of fun. The tragedy in the show is interesting because it is juxtaposed with the comedy. I find myself laughing at Romeo's antics, impressed by Juliet's maturity and embarrassed by the "adults" hypocrisy. In my preparation for this show I have decided that Shakespeare is accessible to a director, actor or audience who is willing to relax and become involved in the characters and the language (verbal, physical and emotional) with which they charm, amuse, or disenchant.
-Darlene Spencer, Director