Event Date Details:
SEPT 1, 2, 6, 7 | 7:00 PM
SEPT 3 | 1:00 PM
- UCSB Studio Theater
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About the Play
Everyone knows how the story goes… “Two households… in fair Verona…a pair of star crossed lovers…” But how does the classic tale take shape in our modern society? This Summer, UCSB Department of Theater/Dance Chair, and Naked Shakes director, Irwin Appel, answers this question as he will present a contemporary adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in UCSB’s Studio Theater, September 1 – 7, 2022.
Since 2006, Irwin Appel and Naked Shakes have presented energetic, exciting, raw, vibrant Shakespeare, harnessing the power of the actors and the language. The critically acclaimed, award-winning Naked Shakes has performed at UCSB and transported productions throughout Santa Barbara, over to Southwest Shakespeare Company at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ, and the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles. Naked Shakes believes in the transformation of the actor and the space, along with the imaginative ability of the audience. Each play is presented clearly and directly so that the audience inhabits the imaginative world of the play through Shakespeare’s language.
“There are so many dualities within the world of Romeo and Juliet, and they clearly reflect many of the dualities we witness in our own modern society,” says director Irwin Appel when asked what inspired him to bring Romeo and Juliet to the Naked Shakes stage. Appel shares, “I am excited to discover the nuances of this story alongside the actors, and to see how together, we can bring this play into the contemporary world with current music and costumes.”
Experience this timeless story that uplifts the transformative power of true love, and breaks down the barriers of division between communities, families, and ourselves. Audiences will not want to miss this first performance of the UCSB Department of Theater/Dance’s 2022-2023 Season.
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Health and Safety
Romeo and Juliet will be presented indoors in UCSB's Studio Theater. In order to provide a safe and welcoming environment for our audience and performers, we are strongly encouraging audience members to wear their masks while they are inside the Studio Theater.
Health protocols for 2022-2023 events will be determined in conjunction with evolving state, local and university guidelines, and are subject to change.