WAPAVA Presents Excerpts from Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 2008 Production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ on Monday, 4/4@7:30 pm at The Clarice

WAPAVA Presents: Excerpts from Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 2008 Production of Romeo & Julietwapava use this logo

Public Viewing of Archived Production & Discussion

The Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (WAPAVA) hosts a viewing of one of its archived productions from the James J. Taylor Collection, and discussion with Shakespeare scholar Dr. Franklin Hildy.

WAPAVA will show excerpts of a video recording of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s all-male performance of Romeo & Juliet (2008).

The event is free and open to the public.

Finn Wittrock (Romeo) and James Davis (Juliet) in the Shakespeare Theatre Company's all-male staging of 'Romeo and Juliet.' Photo by Scott Suchman. Shakespeare Theatre Company)

Finn Wittrock (Romeo) and James Davis (Juliet) in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s all-male staging of ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ Photo by Scott Suchman. Shakespeare Theatre Company)

Monday, April 4th, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm

PLEASE RSVP to: carolebernard@wapava.org

In The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Piano Room
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
At the University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland 20742-1630

James Davis as Juliet. Photo by Scott Suchman.

James Davis as Juliet. Photo by Scott Suchman.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company opened its 2008-2009 season with an all-male production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, directed by STC Associate Artistic Director David Muse. Staged in the thrust configuration, the production featured period costumes and music influenced by the Renaissance to explore theatre traditions prevalent in Shakespeare’s day. Muse directed a cast that included Finn Wittrock  as Romeo and James Davis as Juliet, with Aubrey Deeker, Drew Eshelman, Ted van Griethuysen, Dan Kremer, Lawrence Redmond, and Craig Wallace. 

Drew Eshelman as the Nurse. Photo by Scott Suchman.

Drew Eshelman as the Nurse. Photo by Scott Suchman. 

The world’s greatest and most enduring love story, Romeo and Juliet follows its star-crossed lovers as they hurtle from their first shy glances to their last heartrending kiss. Caught between their feuding families, Romeo and Juliet desperately struggle to build a world insulated from the violence, but their love races toward a final confrontation with fate.

Dr. Franklin J. Hildy. Photo courtesy of The University of Maryland.

Dr. Franklin J. Hildy. Photo courtesy of The University of Maryland.

Dr. Franklin J. Hildy, apart from being an internationally recognized authority on Shakespeare, and the Globe Theatre, also serves as the Head of MA/PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies, the Head of Theatre Scholarship and Performance Studies Cluster, and the Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland.

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WAPAVA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, incorporated in Washington, DC. WAPAVA is one of only two large, continuous Actors’ Equity-approved video performance archives in the United States (the other such archive is Theater on Film and Tape at Lincoln Center in New York). WAPAVA serves as a resource for theater professionals and scholars; students and educational programs; specialized researchers in local and national theater history; and the general public.

Since 1993, the organization has produced over 750 professional video recordings, representing a cross-section of Washington-area theaters, from large and established (Shakespeare Theatre, Folger Theatre, Ford’s Theatre) to small and emerging (1st Stage, Creative Cauldron, Forum Theatre, Spooky Action). Productions are chosen for their historical and educational value. Premieres, unique events, community interest, and contributions of particular value by performers, directors, and/or designers are given special consideration. For more information, visit our website.

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