November 04, 2014
On Thursday and Friday, November 14 & 15, Hampden-Sydney College's Fine Arts Department, along with students and faculty from Longwood as well as members of the Farmville community, will perform William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. This production will feature a set designed by H-SC junior Joseph Link.
The play is directed by Shirley Kagan, Elliott Professor of Theater. She has a B.A. from Williams College and a M.F.A. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. This is her sixteenth year of teaching theatre at Hampden-Sydney. Kagan is also an associate artist of Richmond Shakespeare.
In regards to this adaptation of the classic story, she says "In order to allow for this exploration we have set this production in the homogenized environs of a1950's Levittown. In this setting we have also been able to explore the post-war world that was essentially invented by the baby boom generation. Rock and roll, beats and greasers are all part of a culture characterized by speed, intensity and consequences being set in motion by hastily taken action. It is exhilarating but terrifying."
Performances will run Thursday, November 6, Friday, November 7, Thursday November, 13, and Friday, November, 14.
The program begins at 8:00 PM in John's Auditorium, and it is free and open to the public. For more information and reservations, please contact (434) 223-6266.
Pictured: Whitney Fisher as Juliett and Patrick Luwis '17 as Romeo.