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The Castle Theatre Festival, produced by the NYC based company Renaissance Now Theatre & Film, featuring the Shakespeare play “Romeo & Juliet” directed by professor ( BYU AND UVU) Ben Hopkin.
He sets the play at the forefront of our election year by creating a tour de force rift between politically driven factions in the parents. Their visibility will not allow for freedom in the children’s lifestyle choice, and consequently limited freedom of choice about what the parents feel should be the politics and lifestyle of the appropriate dating material for their politically visible children. It’s a great relevant spin on the election seasons heat and this great love story.
Renaissance Now lead from last years A Midsummer Nights Dream, Kat Webb, plays Juliet. Castle player Jordan Nicholes plays Romeo. Ben Hopkin has cast a female friar, Alyssa Angelsey, and castle veteran Lynn Bronson as the Nurse. Women and gender spins fall in a number of characters including Mercutio, who is played by a female, Nichole Houston. She has a breathtaking fight with the boys. Fight choreography by Matt Carlin, BYU professor, and member of the Society of American Fight Directors. The daring sword fighting should prove a great feature to the production. Although set in modern time, the fencing abilities of the socially elite serves the show well. Renaissance Now veteran Archeleaus Cristiano, plays Benvolio.
Dates of Castle Romeo & Juliet: Thursday through Saturday. July 21-24, 28-30, August 4-6 and Monday July 26, Aug 1
Ticket prices $8 general, $5 students and seniors, 20 group of 4 or more and 25 family
Thursday performances are pay-what-you-will, and donations will be taken at the entrance. Cash and major credit cards accepted. Tickets cash or credit at the door or through Smithstix.com
The Castle is an outdoor theatre, so dress appropriately. Blankets and/or camping chairs can be brought, and concessions will be available at intermission.
This year we sponsor a number of Humanities events.
The 400 anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this year is part of our festival, developed by these gathering and post show activities:
Participatory events gather on the lawn or Amphitheatre
July 22 & Aug 1: BEN HOPKIN, BYU/UVU “Now is the Mad Blood Stirring”
Addressing Social factions & Violence in our time
July 23: Dr. BRUCE YOUNG, BYU “Division, Inclusion, and Atonement in Shakespeare”
Addressing redemption of the individual through community
July 29: Dr Kathy Curtiss, “Shakespeare and Identity” community art project/sonnet share
July 30: Dr. Kathy Curtiss, FTC, “Gender roles & Generation in Shakespeare”
August 4: SARAH RE, HOFSTRA, “Shakespeare: the measure of the man, by the garments he hath on”
August 5: Dr. TIM SLOVER, UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, “Shakespeare’s Invention of Word & Language”