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Monday, March 18, 2019

HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY OFFERS FREE TICKETS TO ROMEO AND JULIET TO ALL YOUNG PATRONS

HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
OFFERS FREE TICKETS TO ROMEO AND JULIET
TO ALL YOUNG PATRONS


(BOSTON) – In an effort to engage young, new audiences and offer the opportunity to experience equal representation on stage, the Huntington Theatre Company has announced that it will now offer free tickets to all young patrons 25 and under for the remainder of performances of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is now playing through March 31 at the Huntington Avenue Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue, Boston).

“Young adults are responding with enormous enthusiasm to Romeo and Juliet, both to the dynamism of Peter DuBois’ production and the diversity of the world on stage,” says Huntington Managing Director Michael Maso. “We decided that during the last two weeks of this production any young person should be able to come experience it without the barrier of cost.”

The Huntington Theatre Company believes that theatre should be accessible to everyone and strives to reflect the diversity of our communities on our stages. This production of Romeo and Juliet is the epitome of that philosophy. By removing the barrier of affordability, we are giving every young person a chance to experience this wonderful and topical production. On a larger scale, this offer is part of the Huntington’s initiative to ensure the life of live theatre by inviting young voices to be a part of the conversation started on stage.

Artistic Director Peter DuBois’ staging of Romeo and Juliet seems to be striking a cord particularly with young patrons. Whether it is George Hampe and Lily Santiago’s unique and intrinsically current interpretations of the title characters, the fiercely contemporary design by our Broadway-caliber creative team, or an all-star supporting cast of Boston talent, response from young patrons of the Huntington Theatre Company has been unprecedented and exuberant. Critics agree with them; Jared Bowen of WGBH exclaimed, “Love is in the air at the Huntington! I’ve never seen a production like this before. I really enjoyed it!”  BroadwayWorld’s Nancy Grossman says, “A contemporary, muscular version of the romantic tragedy. DuBois' updating affirms the timelessness of one of the Bard's most enduring works.”


Their enthusiasm has inspired us to see to it that as many young people as possible have the chance to see this inclusive and timely production of one of Shakespeare’s most popular works.

To take advantage of this offer, tickets are available starting 2 hours before curtain at the Huntington Avenue Theatre Box Office. Please bring student ID (or any form of age verification). Limit 1 ticket per ID. Tickets are subject to availability and the offer does not apply to prior purchases made for this production. For more information including showtimes, please visit huntingtontheatre.org.
Newcomers George Hampe (Regrets at Manhattan Theatre Club) and Lily Santiago (A Doll's House, Part 2 at George Street Playhouse; Othello at The Public Theater) make their Huntington Theatre Company debuts as Romeo and Juliet. Joining them is a cast of familiar local natives and Huntington favorites including Elliot Norton Award winners Marianna Bassham (I Was Most Alive with You, Becoming Cuba at the Huntington) as Lady Capulet; Nancy E. Carroll (A Doll’s House, Part 2; Ripcord at the Huntington) as the Nurse; Matthew J. Harris (TartuffeTopdog/Underdog at the Huntington) as Mercutio; Will Lyman (Guess Who's Coming to DinnerAll My Sons at the Huntington) as Friar Laurence; Nael Nacer (A Doll's HouseBedroom Farce at the Huntingtonas Lord Montague, and Maurice Emmanuel Parent (Skeleton CrewMerrily We Roll Along at the Huntington) as Lord Capulet.
The cast of Romeo and Juliet also includes Matthew Bretschneider as Paris (Tartuffe, Dead End at the Huntington); Ed Hoopman (A Civil War Christmas at the Huntington) as the Prince; Celeste Oliva (Sheer Madness at the Charles Playhouseas Lady Montague; Omar Robinson (Tartuffe at the Huntington) as Benvolio; and John Zdrojeski (Huntington debut) as Tybalt. Rounding out the ensemble are Margaret Clark, Zaven Ovian, Dale Place, Khyati Sehgal, and Kai Tshikosi.
Romeo and Juliet includes scenic design by Wilson Chin (Skeleton Crew and Tiger Style! at the Huntington; Next Fall on Broadway), costume design by Ilona Somogyi (FallDisgraced, and Good People at the Huntington, Clybourne Park on Broadway), lighting design by Russell H. Champa (A Guide for the HomesickNow or Later and Captors at the Huntington), with sound design and original music by Obadiah Eaves (Shining City at the Huntington; extensive Broadway credits include Saint Joan, The Country House, The Assembled Parties, Harvey). Production stage manager is Emily F. McMullen and stage manager is Kevin Schlagle.

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