UW-Parkside alumni stage “Romeo & Juliet”
The Crowded Tub Collective, a theatre group featuring several alumni and a current student of the UW-Parkside Theatre Arts program, presents nine performances of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" April 11-27 at the Bughouse Theatre in Chicago. Formed in 2012, the Crowded Tub Collective provides support for performing artists to come together for one project at a time.
"Our current focus is on the power and possibility of transformation," UW-Parkside graduate Taylor Glowac wrote in the group's blog. "Can Shakespeare still transform?We are exploring the themes of love, family, prejudice and violence in Shakespeare's masterpiece 'Romeo & Juliet.'"
Under the direction of Matt Schwader, the production features Glowac and Alecia Annacchino?as the star-crossed young lovers. UW-Parkside alumnus Chad Bay plays Tybalt. The cast includes Jacqueline Davies as Capulet, Luce Metrius as Mercutio, Brittney Love Smith as Nurse, and Carlos Treviño as Friar Laurence. Behind the scenes, current UW-Parkside student Ethan Hall serves as scenic and properties designer and alumnus Phil Wooding as videographer.
Glowac reports Crowded Tub spent eight weeks in what they called "Shakespeare Labs," studying the play to "uncover the power of this amazing poetry." The collective is now in the midst of one month of rehearsals leading up to opening night on Thursday, April 11.
Performances are staged April 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27 beginning at 8 p.m. in the Bughouse Theatre, located at 2054 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago. Tickets are $7 and can be ordered online.
Publish date: 4/4/2013