The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2030  Wednesday, 22 August 2001

From:           James Windeler <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 22 Aug 2001 14:54:44 +0100
Subject:        Cambridge University American Stage Tour 2001 - Romeo and

presents its second annual touring production


What happens when a fairy tale doesn't quite come true?

This tale of young love and ancient hatred, played out against the
palaces and piazzas of courtly medieval Italy, is one of Shakespeare's
most cherished works. Young lives balance on a knife's edge in the
danger charged atmosphere of a divided Verona. The tension is reborn
into passion between Romeo and Juliet, the children of two feuding
families, and the romance teeters between tragedy and comedy as the
lovers attempt to overcome their inherited enmity. Drawing on its
original season partner, A Midsummer Night' s Dream, Romeo and Juliet is
a fairytale that never quite resolves itself.  The comic and spectacular
aspects of the play are as fundamental to the story as the tragedy and
rich poetry, and this production uses the shadow of the 'dream' world to
explore how the promise of a happy ending shatters into human tragedy.

The Director, Rachel Grunwald, has received acclaim for a number of her
productions, which include A Midsummer Nights Dream 'the direction was
nothing short of superb' Varsity, and Little Shop of Horrors 'A
first-rate production musical comedy of the highest form' Varsity. The
set designer, Antonia Bromhead (recently graduated from Cambridge with a
First in Architecture), works closely with costume designer Georgina
Shorter (a Graduate of Central St Martins College of Art and Design who
has costumed both feature films and west-end musicals, including Star
Wars -Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, and Beauty and the Beast at the
Dominion Theatre, London), to create a vibrant, abstract, medieval
fairytale. With an original score composed by the Cambridge Composer in
Residence and performed live by professionally trained musicians,
Cambridge University American Stage Tour brings to the US a production
that is both accessible and fresh in its approach.

Cambridge University American Stage Tour is the University's newest
dramatic society and was founded in 1999 with the aim of staging an
annual theatrical tour of the United States. The society aims to produce
touring theatre of the highest possible standard, establishing a
knowledge base that will enable future tours to find success. The tour
has been designed to be financially self-sufficient from year to year,
enabling it to take on talented cast and crew members without the need
to call upon their personal funds to participate.

Full information about the whole company is available on the CAST web
site at www.castonline.org or by request from the tour manager. Emma
Roxanas This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

8pm, 8 The Schuster Theatre, Scottino Hall, Gannon University, PA (814)
8pm, 10 University of Wisconsin, Rock County, WI (608) 758-6566
8pm, 11 MATC's Mitby Theater, Madison, WI (608) 243-4000
8pm, 14 Frostburg State University, MA (301)687-4145
7pm, 16 Kearney Auditorium, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
8pm, 21, & 22 Barshinger Center, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster,
PA. (717) 2914015

James Windeler
Jesus College, Cambridge
CB5 8BL, England
Mobile: +44 7773 783488

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