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Experience Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as a community

R&J Final ImageThis month, the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA programs will present a dramatic reinvention of the classic Romeo and Juliet, directed by Ryan Purcell (Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs ’13). One of William Shakespeare’s most famous and loved plays, this is the classic tragedy of two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths finally settle their disputing families.

The director’s goal is to transform the performances into a unique community experience for all audience members, leading to a more lively and diverse civic discourse. In order to produce a more cross-generational event, he has cast nine local high school students from Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing & Visual Arts.

The performance runs from May 7th through May 19th at the Citizens Bank Theater, Pell Chafee Performance Center, 87 Empire Street. General admission is $12, and for students and seniors $6. Take the whole family to experience this timeless tale of forbidden passion in a new way: a world filled with violence, jealousy, and ultimately loss transformed. For more information go to