You probably know the story… When Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet meet by chance, the two lovers defy their entire world to be together. Now the Reitz Theater tells this classic tale with a new twist.

In this new telling, Romeo and Juliet, a Tragic Comedy is set in 1958.

Opening night is Friday, February 9th with shows at 7:30pm on February 9, 10, 15, 16, & 17 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, February 11.

The play is sponsored by Wise Eyes and Hopkins Heltzel Law Firm.

You can purchase tickets online at www.reitztheater.com, at Kohlhepp’s True Value, and at the Box Office on Thursdays between 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Tickets are $10 general seating with 10% of all ticket sales going to Clearfield Jefferson Suicide Prevention Team.

Join us after the show Sunday Feb. 11 for a post-show talk back with members from our local suicide prevention team.

Click below to listen to Darla Brunquel, assistant director of Romeo and Juliet at the Reitz Theater in DuBois, talks about the updated version of the play, which is set in 1958. She explains how funny Shakespeare can be and how to enjoy a classic play. Ten percent of the proceeds of this play will be donated to the Clearfield Jefferson Suicide Prevention Team.

Reitz Theatre Players’ Director, Mary Beth Geppert, is a Shakespearean scholar holding a Masters of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin University through a partnership with the American Shakespeare Center. Geppert also taught Shakespeare at University in London and Stratford upon Avon, England for five years.

Joining her love and knowledge of Shakespeare with local talent inspired her to bring out the bawdy comedy in the famous tragedy. Geppert’s bold, modern production goes beyond romantic stereotypes to reveal the bawdy and powerful love story that ignites an inferno in a dangerously divided community.

This production, marked by speed and caring, attempts to recreate the conditions of Shakespeare’s original language within a 1958 setting. The rapid pacing works particularly well in this play, in which characters are marked by impulsiveness and haste.

This play, notably, is about people with incredibly bad timing, if only Romeo had waited an extra moment or two before killing himself . . . That said, this show is quite funny for a tragedy, and Geppert here highlights, indeed glories in all the bawdiness and silliness she can find in the piece, something downplayed in many other stately productions. And, of course, the comedy is there.

Of paramount importance to the effect of the play is the casting of the lovers. Tom Hibbert, III’s Romeo and Misti Bruner’s (Reigel Quick), Juliet will evoke the fervor and eagerness of juvenile attraction.

Gene Deible, an original founder of the Reitz Theater, will grace the stage in one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedic roles – Juliet’s wet nurse with Peter (David Reitz) as her ever present side kick.

The cast hails from St. Marys, Reynoldsville, Clearfield, DuBois, and Curwensville.

Cast members include: Tyson Titler (Prince Escalus), Thomas J. Evans, IV (Mercutio & Fight Choreographer), Maria Werner (Benvolio), Tim Weidow (Lord Capulet), Hannah Allen (Lady Capulet), Bob Spence (Lord Montague), Alyssa Wood (Lady Montague), Andrew Benson (County Paris/Tybalt Capulet), David Phillips (Friar Laurence), and Kaylee Santell (Petruchio).

The Production Team lead by Director Mary Beth Geppert are Assistant Director (Language) Darla Brunquell, Assistant Director (Movement) Lisa Rutherford, Stage Manager Brianna Weber, Set Designer Gene Deible, Costume Designer Nicki Gutowski, Lighting Design by Deible and Brian Shaffer, and Cultural Resources, Inc. Board Liaison Deborah Whitaker.


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