Tech theater heats up with NY acting Company performing 'Romeo and Juliet'

Mar 12, 2010 | General News

Oh, Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?

At Louisiana Tech, of course.

On Tuesday, April 6, Louisiana Tech’s School of Performing Arts will play host to New York City’s Acting Company as its members perform Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

Kenneth Robbins, director of the School of Performing Arts, said a variety of well-known actors and actresses started at the Acting Company, including Rainn Wilson, David Ogden Stiers and Kevin Kline.

“Rainn Wilson got his start here and has become internationally known,” Robbins said. “Virtually every theater major we have will be involved with the load in of the set and load out following the performance. It’s a great opportunity for our students to interface with professional actors, singers, technicians and managers.”

Members of the Acting Company visited Tech four years ago when “Jayne Eyre” was performed on campus. The cast has been performing “Romeo and Juliet” since January and will continue its tour through April.

The Company has won the Obie, Audelco, Citibank’s Excellence in Education and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. Founded in 1972, The Acting Company has performed 133 productions touring to 48 states and 10 foreign countries. This production is in conjunction with The Guthrie Theater, founded in 1963, which is widely recognized as an American center for theater performance, production and professional training.

“Romeo and Juliet” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in Howard Auditorium, Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are on sale now for $15 for adults, $8 for non-Tech students and senior citizens and $5 for current Tech students with valid ID. To purchase in advance, call (318) 257-3942 Monday through Friday from 1:30-4:45 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Written by Judith Roberts