The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2009 Thursday, 2 November 2000.
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Thursday, November 02, 2000
Subject: Howard/Catholic Universities' Romeo and Juliet
Yesterday, the Washington Post had an interesting article about a
jointly produced *Romeo and Juliet* that opens today. The Capulets are
all played by students from Howard University; the Montagues by students
from Catholic University. The production is "set amid a trade alliance
between Italian merchants and West African Muslims in medieval
The play opens today at Catholic University's Hartke Theatre and runs
there through Saturday, starting at 7:30 p.m.
The set will then be moved to Howard University's Ira Aldridge Theater
for performances from Nov. 9 through 11, starting at 7:30 p.m., and on
Nov. 12, starting at 2:30 p.m.
General admission tickets are $15 at the Hartke and $12.50 at the
Aldridge. For tickets call the Hartke at 202-319-4000 or the Aldridge at
202-806-7700. Discount and group rates are available.
Here are the first few paragraphs of the article and the URL for anyone
interested in reading further:
Shakespeare Sets Stage for Amity
By Amy Argetsinger
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 1, 2000 ; Page B03
The Capulets come by van each night, making the short trip together from
their home at the far side of the reservoir. The Montagues are usually
there first, waiting. But then, it is their turf.
Logan Coles remembers some of the earliest rehearsals of "Romeo and
Juliet," the mixture of caution and curiosity that lay thick in the
room. Two local drama departments, Howard University and Catholic
University--and two races, black and white--working together.
"You would walk in, and the Catholic students were all on one side of
the room, and the Howard students were on the other," said Coles, a
20-year-old Howard junior, who plays Juliet's cousin Tybalt.
But that was six weeks ago. When the curtain rises tomorrow on William
Shakespeare's classic tragedy of young love and family rivalry, the
actors say, their audience will see two casts working seamlessly as one.