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Louisiana Tech Concert Association set to raise curtain on ‘Romeo and Juliet’

The Louisiana Tech Concert Association welcomes the American Shakespeare Center’s 2016-2017 Hungry Hearts Tour for their production of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” at 7:30 p.m. February 21 in the Howard Center for the Performing Arts.

Howard Center for the Performing Arts

With its ravishing language and uproarious comedy, “Romeo and Juliet” celebrates love’s triumph and trivialities. Verona’s walls embrace the volatility of youth as well as the wisdom and restraint that often escape young and old alike. Thumb-biting dance and swordplay share the stage with sonnets, bawdy wit and soul-searching speeches in this profoundly human and always surprising treasure.

Ticket prices for the show are $25 for general admission, $10 for students with a valid ID, $20 for youth under the age of 14 and $20 for seniors age 65 and up. For group rates or to purchase tickets, contact the Box Office at (318) 257-3942. The Box Office is located in the lobby of Stone Theatre. Its hours are from 1:30-4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Online sales for adult only tickets can be purchased at www.latechuniversitytheatre.com.

The American Shakespeare Center brings a unique performance style to the Howard Center for the Performing Arts, blending the bard’s stage craft with modern sensibility. The company uses Shakespeare’s staging conditions, including universal lighting, minimal sets, doubling, cross-gender casting and music. In Shakespeare’s day, the company couldn’t turn the lights out on the audience; actors and audience shared the same light.  The Hungry Hearts Tour leaves the lights on for a type of audience contact rarely seen in modern day theater. Audience members share directly in the action onstage as they become citizens of Verona.

Since 1988, the American Shakespeare Center has toured the country with shows incorporating Shakespeare’s staging conditions. Based out of Staunton, Virginia, the company mission is to recover the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education.

For more information on the Louisiana Tech Concert Association or the upcoming production of “Romeo and Juliet,” please call (318) 257-3942 or visit www.latechuniversitytheatre.com.