Lehman’s Theatre and Dance Programs will present Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Professor David Sullivan (JCT) will direct. The show will open in the Lovinger Theatre on Wednesday, March 13, at 3:30 p.m. and will continue through Sunday, March 17, at 3 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m.
This production is inspired by the music of Italian singer-songwriter and rapper Jovanotti, this production of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy of love and death is set in a contemporary, imagined Verona beset by violence and fueled by youthful passions. An ensemble of 18 student actors and dancers will perform in this movement-driven production, featuring dance choreography by Professor Amy Larimer (JCT) and fight choreography by guest artist Carlo Rivieccio. The production team also includes set designer Jason Bolen, costume designer Dede Ayite, and lighting designer Xavier Pierce.
“I believe that our Theatre and Dance programs transform students into versatile, self-directed performing artists of the twenty-first century,” says Professor Sullivan. “Our liberal arts B.A. and multidisciplinary B.F.A. programs challenge our students to develop the knowledge and skills, as well as the conceptual, critical, and creative perspectives necessary for a professional life in the performing arts.”
Professor Sullivan is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the Artistic Director of Fat Violet Theater, a new play development company that explores Irish/American voices in the American theater. He directed the Off Broadway premieres of The Atheist, The Blowin of Baile Gall and Swansong. Other New York credits include Fat Violet’s Brendan, Origin Theater Company’s Ivan and the Dogs and Evangeline Elsewhere and the Irish Arts Center’s Bloomsday in Bryant Park and a Tribute to Friel.
General admission is $10; $8 for students and seniors. All performances are free for Lehman students with a valid identification. For more information, call 718-960-7838 or log on to www.lehmantheatredance.org.