Romeo and Juliet, one of the well known and epic love stories, has come to Philly courtesy of the Lantern Theater Company. The production is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a nationwide initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest.
This production features up-and-coming actors Sean Lally and Nicole Erb in the title roles, and fight choreography by award-winning fight director J. Alex Cordaro.
“These kids are on the verge of adulthood in an environment of conflict and violence, trying to imagine something better and project themselves into it,” Romeo and Juliet’s director McMahon said. “Romeo and Juliet are looking for and open to that feeling of love that conquers all, and that’s where they’re investing themselves. Until Romeo kills Tybalt, this is a tragedyÂ that has the ability to be a romantic comedy. Most people gloss over the play and see it as sad â€“ actually, the play turns sad. We want to lean into this reversal and jolt the audience emotionally, which I think is what Shakespeare was trying to do.”
The show runs now through April 8, 2011. Tickets are $20 â€“ $36 and are available online at lanterntheater.org or by calling the Lantern Box Office at (215) 829-0395.
One of the great things about Lantern Theater Company is that they offer $10 student rush tickets 10 minutes before curtain with valid ID (these tickets are cash only). There are additional discounts are available for seniors and groups of 10 or more. Lantern Theater Company is located at St. Stephen’s Theater, at 10th & Ludlow Streets in Center City Philadelphia.