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The classic love story in an unique interpretation.
This new production, while respecting Shakespeare’s text, focuses on the humanity of the characters, giving audiences the opportunity to empathize with their predicament, their challenges, and the exaltation of new love.
WHAT: Romeo and Juliet. A vital new production of the classic love story.
WHO: Written by William Shakespeare. Conceived and directed by Aaron Ganz.
Romeo and Juliet is the greatest and arguably the most popular love story ever told. People come to see it even knowing in advance the outcome for the “star-crossed lovers.” Many, perhaps most people have seen one version or another of it.
So, why mount it again in 2017? There are a couple of reasons:
1. People never get tired of watching a great romance, especially the story of a love that’s pure and true, of a love pursued even against the threat of death.
2. There are fresh ways to approach this deservedly enduring classic.
Elysium Conservatory Theatre Artistic Director Aaron Ganz has chosen to dive into the very essence of love - weaving stunning choreography, poetry, and music into a theatrical adventure that pushes the very Boundaries of Possible. ECT's Romeo & Juliet presents audiences with an opportunity to feel one of Shakespeare's finest works as it was intended raw, human and capable of revealing the very harmony of love.
Director Ganz received his M.F.A. from the Institute for Advanced Theater Training/Moscow Art Theater School at Harvard University along with advanced training at The Actor’s Movement Studio in New York. His previous directing credits with ECT include Cymbeline, Joan of Arc, Wouldn’t It Be Lovely and The Lady of Shalott. His other directing credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, The Phantom Lady, Uncle Vanya, The Front Page, much more. He is also an actor.
Ganz’s cast for Romeo and Juliet includes Gerard Alvarez as Romeo, Ria Gaudioso as Juliet, Neyssan Falahi as Mercutio, Kate Slinger as Tybalt, and Will August, Giulia Blandino, Francesca Gamez, Christina Gardner, Christopher Lyons, Rob Miller, Melissa Ortiz, Justin Powell, Brian Raetz, Tim Roberts, and Charlotte Spangler.
Music director: Patrick Newell. Dance choreographer: Brian Moe. Fight choreographer: Kevin Moran. Assistant fight choreographer: Ava Scott .Lighting designer: Chris Lang. Technical director: Joe Caldwell.
This will be the six-year-old company’s inaugural production in its spacious new home in downtown San Pedro, which is itself emerging as a destination for culture and recreation with nearby historic sites, museums, theatres, restaurants and bars. To gain an appreciation for the many and varied dining and entertainment opportunities in ECT’s vicinity, go the company’s website, www.fearlessartists.org and click on “Elysium Fields.”
The new production of Romeo and Juliet is your opportunity to acquaint yourself with an exciting young company in a happening arts and entertainment district just minutes by freeway (the 110) from downtown Los Angeles.
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The entrance is on 8th St., at the red door. Please note: The 700 block of S .Palos Verdes St. is also called Ante Perkov Way. Parking is available at two public parking facilities on 7th St., between the theatre and Pacific Ave. There is also street parking, free after 6:00 p.m.
Presenter / Producer: Elysium Conservatory Theatre
Theater > Drama
Event Phone: 800-838-3006
Elysium Conservatory Theatre
729 S. Palos Verdes St.
San Pedro CA 90731
Long Beach & South Bay
Performance Dates: 3/31/2017 - 4/23/2017
Fri. & Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 7:00.
$25. Seniors, San Pedro residents, members of performing arts unions with I.D., $20. Groups of fifteen or more, $15. Students and teachers with I.D., $10.
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