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’Romeo and Juliet’ at Club Café

Wednesday Oct 16, 2013
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Rehearsal Photo Amanda Hurley and Katherine Dumais
Rehearsal Photo Amanda Hurley and Katherine Dumais  

Boston Theater Company’s inaugural production pares the original text of Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet" down to 90 minutes and brings it to modern audiences, telling the story as a political drama set to contemporary pop music. The production runs from Thursday, Oct. 24 to Saturday, Nov. 2 at Club Café (209 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116).

With the goal of bringing classic plays to young and modern audiences, Boston Theater Company is a collection of artists in their twenties dedicated to preserving the messages and historical language of classical scripts while approaching them in a contemporary way. This production of "Romeo and Juliet" removes parts of the text without altering any of the original words in order to address today’s political turbulence.

"There are very few things that divide America more than politics," says Joey Frangieh, Founder of Boston Theater Company. "To make this classic and well known story relatable, we have Romeo and Juliet come from America’s two largest political parties rather than from feuding families and we have added contemporary pop music, video components and a free drink. However, the message remains the same: love transcends hate."

The new Boston Theater Company is a new theatrical production company dedicated to preserving the messages and historical language of classical scripts while approaching them in a contemporary way. BTC consists of a team of young Boston based artists who are passionate about collaboration, classical text and creating art in fresh ways.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, and each ticket includes one free drink. The play runs about 90 minutes. Tickets are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/457035 and at the door.

Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave

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