SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University’s Magnuson Theatre, located in College Hall, opens its 2010-11 theatre season with the production of Shakespeare’s classic “Romeo and Juliet” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22. Performances continue Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.; and Oct. 31 at 2 p.m.
The audience will be transported to 16th century Verona in this timeless tale of star-crossed lovers destroyed by a world too poisoned to accept it. Short tempers sharpen steely daggers and sharp words draw piercing swords as the Capulets and the Montagues sacrifice the lives of their children at the altar of their hate.
The production comes together under the direction of Rev. Kevin Connell, S.J., principal of Gonzaga Prep.
“Gonzaga’s production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ offers both a ravishing, traditional Renaissance setting and an energetic, surprising modern theatricality that makes it clear from the play’s first moments that this is not your ninth-grade English teacher’s Shakespeare,” Connell said.
Romeo will be played by Taylor Pedrosa, Mary Davies will play the role of Juliet, and Gonzaga basketball player Steven Gray will play the role of Tybalt, Romeo’s rival.
Tickets are on sale through the Gonzaga theatre department website by clicking “Buy Theatre Tickets,” and are $8 for GU students; $10 for GU faculty and staff; and $12 for adults. Online ticket sales end after 5 p.m. weekdays, and after noon Saturdays and Sundays. The Magnuson Theatre Box Office, (509) 313-6553, will open 90 minutes before each performance. Organizers encourage people to buy tickets early as performances are expected to sell out. For more information please contact Summer Berry at (509) 313-3606.