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Artists of Concordia Theatre find unique setting for 'Romeo and Juliet'


The Artists of Concordia Theatre (A.C.T.) will perform Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” on November 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and November. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m., in the Bergmann Theatre at Concordia University Chicago.

Concordia-Chicago’s adaptation, set in 1920s New Orleans, brings live jazz, blues and roots music to history's most revered tale of young lovers and ancient feuds.

Within the ancient and dark corners of New Orleans there is thin veil that separates life and death, love and hate. Throughout this city of speakeasies, brothels and dancehalls, lonely people hastily throw back their potions in a thousand late night communions, cheerfully unaware that the milk and honey they are enjoying could just as well be an elixir of death. When the dance is done and the band has packed it in, two lovers have salvaged something permanent from the fleeting and fickle present. This land of contradictions, passion, music and danger makes the backdrop for Shakespeare's timeless tale of "two star crossed lovers."

“The Big Easy provides an intriguing backdrop for this classic,” said Jason Narvy, director and assistant professor of theatre at Concordia-Chicago. “The darkness and intrigue of Shakespeare’s tale meld perfectly with a troubled 1920s New Orleans.”

During the run of 'Romeo and Juliet" and after, Contemporary Chicago artists will interpret the work of The Bard across a range of artistic mediums in “Chicago Artists Interpret Shakespeare As They Like It. The new exhibit opens November 4 and runs through January 4, 2013, at the Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago.

Tickets for "Romeo and Juliet" are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students with ID. Tickets are available at the door or may be purchased in advance by calling the Concordia University Chicago Theatre Box Office at 708-209-3469. The Concordia-Chicago campus is located at 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, IL. Free handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot north of the University parking structure off Bonnie Brae Street.

A.C.T. provides Concordia University Chicago students and community artists with a range of onstage and behind-the-scenes theatre experiences while presenting four major productions to the community each year.

In addition to “Romeo and Juliet,” the rest of A.C.T.’s 2012-2013 season features:

  • “Talley’s Folly”: By Landford Wilson, directed by Andrew Pederson; February 15-17 and 22-24
  • “Cabaret”:  With music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith; April 11-14 and 18-21

For more information about The Artists of Concordia Theatre, visit

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