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Rehearsal and Discussion of 'Shakespeare's R&J' is Thursday

March 19, 2014

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MACOMB, IL – The final dress rehearsal and discussion of "Shakespeare's R&J" will be held March 20 in the Simpkins Theatre.

The event, which will run from 7:30-10:30 p.m., will include attendees watching the play's last rehearsal and then joining in a moderated discussion panel, which will include the play's cast and crew. The discussion will focus on masculinity, sexuality and performance.

The discussion is co-sponsored by the WIU Department of Theatre and Dance and the University Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression. In this play, four young prep school students, fueled with discontentment for conformity and conjugating Latin, decide to unleash the furies by breaking out a copy of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." The rigidity of their lives begins to parallel the lives of the characters: masculinity, authority, gender roles, sexuality, independence and living in a state of passion.

The performance is adapted from Joe Calarco's "Shakespeare's R&J" and will be directed by theatre department graduate student Erik Wagner.

The event is free, but reservations should be made by emailing for planning purposes.

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