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A modern twist on Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Jacque­line Lasry and Grant Terzakis

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare’s time­less tale of love and tragedy, comes to life at North­eastern on Tuesday night when the pro­duc­tion opens its two-​​week run at the Curry Stu­dent Center’s Studio Theatre.

Months of rehearsals will cul­mi­nate in the production’s first show, which begins at 8 p.m. Romeo and Juliet is the The­atre Depart­ment’s final pro­duc­tion of the 2013–14 season.

“I have directed this play before, and absolutely love it,” director Andrea South­wick said. “It has every­thing: sex, love, hate, vio­lence, pas­sion, comedy, tragedy, beau­tiful lan­guage, and a uni­versal story. It’s much fun­nier than people expect it to be and is raunchy and action packed.”

Romeo and Juliet, first pub­lished in 1597, tells the story of two young, star-​​crossed lovers whose deaths end a long­standing feud between their two families.

Audi­ences will def­i­nitely rec­og­nize the famous lines from Shakespeare’s work, but the cast’s cos­tumes may come as a sur­prise. As part of the production’s inter­pre­ta­tion of the play, cast mem­bers will wear modern clothing.


Photo by Christopher McKenzie

Photo by Christopher McKenzie

“Even though this is a time­less story, it can be applied to any time period,” said Jacque­line Lasry, CAMD ’14, who is por­traying Juliet. “So I think when people come to see this play, they will find ele­ments from dif­ferent times. There will be no way to figure out in what time it’s taking place.”

Photo by Christopher McKenzie

Photo by Christopher McKenzie

South­wick noted that set­ting the play during an ambiguous time period allows the cast and crew to focus on the story. “This is a story for all time, and of all times, and we hope to present it as such,” said South­wick, who teaches the­ater acting at North­eastern and the Boston Conservatory.

Grant Terzakis, who is por­traying Romeo, liked his cos­tume so much he pur­chased part of it for his per­sonal wardrobe. “The cos­tumes are really phe­nom­enal,” said Terzakis, CAMD ’16. “The cos­tume really informs your char­acter; how you move and how you hold your­self. I feel like my por­trayal of Romeo would be dif­ferent if I were wearing tights.”

Romeo and Juliet rep­re­sent the first Shake­spearean roles for Terzakis and Lasry, who prac­ticed their scenes as the young couple during pri­vate rehearsal periods. “We worked on dis­cov­ering what our rela­tion­ship was as people first so we could then bring it to the stage,” Lasry explained.

To help pro­mote the play’s opening night, Terzakis and Lasry performed Romeo and Juliet’s famous bal­cony scene in the Curry Stu­dent Center mez­za­nine at 1:25 p.m. on Tuesday, as vol­un­teers don­ning cos­tumes handed out flyers and tasty snacks.

Romeo and Juliet will run through Sunday, March 23, with shows at 8 p.m. on Tues­days, Wednes­days, Thurs­days, and Fri­days and at 2 p.m. on Sat­ur­days. Tickets are avail­able at the Ell Hall box office.

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