Nicholls Players to bring Shakespeare classic into 21st century

THIBODAUX – Nicholls State University’s acting troupe, the Nicholls Players, will offer four public performances of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” in mid-March. Edited and adapted by David Hundsness and directed by faculty member Daniel Ruiz, the production will offer a modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s story.

“This version keeps Shakespeare’s language intact but cuts the play into a manageable 100 minutes of fast-paced action,” Ruiz said. “Performed by a well-trained cast of Nicholls students, faculty and alumni, the production will feature a contemporary vision of the classic text that will be sure to keep the attention of younger viewers. For example, in this version, the characters of Montague and Capulet are both running for the U.S. Senate. As the election draws near, bitter partisan rivalry reaches a boiling point, causing chaos and civil unrest in their once peaceful Southern city.”

Managed by the Department of Mass Communication, the show will be held on campus in the Talbot Theater. Productions are slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 15, 16, and 17, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students with a valid Nicholls ID. Tickets will be available an hour before the show in the lobby of Talbot Hall, or via reservation, beginning Wednesday, March 14, by calling 985-448-4586. Advance discount rates will be available for groups of 10 or more.

For additional information, call Ruiz at 985-448-4071.

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