American Shakespeare Center on Tour: Rough, Rude & Boisterous Tour
Sat, March 6, 2010 • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM • Texas Union Theater
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
Tickets and general information: Shakespeare at Winedale
Students/UT ID Holders = $5.00 General admission = $10.00
The American Shakespeare Center’s touring troupe will give two performances in Austin, on March 6 and 7 at 7:30 pm in the Texas Union Theatre. Performing Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet" and Beaumont’s "The Knight of the Burning Pestle," the ASC will give Austinites a taste of their energetic performance style, in a visit sponsored by the Department of English, Plan II, the College of Undergraduate Studies and Shakespeare at Winedale. All proceeds will go to the UT sponsoring organizations.
Audience members are encouraged to come early, as there will be pre-show music and entertainment beginning at 7:00 pm both nights.
The American Shakespeare Center (formerly the Shenandoah Shakespeare Express) has gained a national reputation by performing according to the principles of the Renaissance stage. Careful attention to the language, a fast and fluid performance style, and a creative use of music and dance are hallmarks of ASC productions. Actors and audience share the same lighting, as they would have in Shakespeare’s playhouse, encouraging an intimate and festive atmosphere.
On Saturday night the company will perform Shakespeare’s perennial favorite "Romeo and Juliet." With its ravishing language and uproarious comedy, "Romeo and Juliet" celebrates love’s triumph and its trivialities. Verona’s walls embrace the volatility of youth as well as the wisdom and restraint that often escape young and old alike. Dance, athleticism, and swordplay share the stage with sonnets, bawdy wit, and soul-searching speeches in this profoundly human and always surprising masterpiece.
The ASC touring troupe last appeared in Austin early in this decade, under its previous name of the Shenandoah Shakespeare Express. The company now has a permanent home at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Virginia. The "Rough, Rude and Boisterous" tour will conclude in April, when the troupe will return to Staunton to present the spring season at the Blackfriars Playhouse through the middle of June.
For more information about these performances, visit the Shakespeare at Winedale or contact Program Coordinator Liz Fisher or 512.471.4726.