AMES - William Shakespeare's oft produced tale of star-crossed lovers, "Romeo and Juliet," will be performed in Fisher Theater beginning Dec. 6, with the production' run concluding Dec. 15.
"'Romeo and Juliet' is one of the most frequently produced and beloved plays ever written because of the absolute beauty of its language and the universality of its story," said the show's director, Brad Deli.
In "Romeo and Juliet", a pair of star-crossed lovers fight for true love while an ancient and bloody feud rages between their families.
ISU Theatre's production creates a gorgeous, Utopian world that begs the question of how so much violence could occur within such a luscious environment filled with such beautiful people.
The "paradise present" invented by the production team reflects our modern world while staying mindful to the facts of the play. Dress is reflective of modern style. However, there are no cell phones, while there are plenty of swords.
H. Russ Brown, a theatre artist/educator from St. Charles, Ill., is one guest fight choreographer for this production. Brown has choreographed violence for more than 100 productions, from New York to California. This will be his 18th production of "Romeo and Juliet."
Shakespeare's spectacular language is placed front ana center in this production. Staging is inspired by the original Globe Theater traditions, where scenes quickly and fluidly transition from one to .the next without any significant scenery changes. This moves the story quickly - forward, while relishing in the splendor of the play's luxurious poetry.
Performance dates are Dec. 6, 7, 13, and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. in Fisher Theater in Ames. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $9 for students. Tickets can oe purchased through any TicketMaster the Iowa State Center Ticket Office in Ames, or at the door before performances.