Romeo’s last embrace with wife Juliet. Camila Benencia Courreges played Juliet, and Jackson Savage played Romeo in the OU School of Theater’s ongoing production of “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by Jonathan Hetler. Photo by Daniel King.

Ohio University’s School of Theater is presenting the Shakespeare classic “Romeo and Juliet” at 8 p.m. each night, Thursday through Saturday this week (April 4–6) and Wednesday through Saturday next week (April 10–13) in the Forum theater in the RTV Building.

The play is directed by MFA directing candidate Jonathan Hetler.

As described in a news release from OU’s College of Fine Arts: “When you are passionately in love, nothing else matters. The son and daughter of two landed families locked in an old feud are irresistibly drawn to each other. Defying the hatred and distrust surrounding them, they dare to believe they can, and must, be together.

“This eternal classic is a consummate tragedy of young lovers swept into a catastrophic vortex of misunderstandings, secrets and fate.”

Hetler directs his MFA thesis project – the fifth production of the 2018–2019 theater season at OU – as the culmination of his degree in the Professional Director Training Program at OU. The cast is composed of undergraduates, graduates, faculty and alumni. 

Talkbacks will follow the Saturday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 10, performances.

Through Arts for OHIO, tickets are free for OU students with a student ID. Regular tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for other students and seniors. For more information and reservations, call 740-593-1780, or stop by the Fine Arts Ticket Office on campus at the East Union Street entrance of Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium, Monday through Friday, 12-5 p.m.

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