The Acting Company Brings ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to Center for the Arts

Posted: January 28, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: January 28, 2010 at 9:01 am

Photo by Susan Johnson

The Tony Award-winning ensemble The Acting Company, in collaboration with Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater, brings Shakespeare’s iconic romantic tragedy to the stage this Valentine’s Day.

Swords clash, everlasting love is promised and a treacherous sleeping potion is swallowed in the greatest love story of all time. This stirring new production of “Romeo and Juliet” will be performed at Mason’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 4 p.m.

Evoking the lyricism of Shakespeare’s sonnets, “Romeo and Juliet” exquisitely embodies the brief joy of youthful passion and ecstasy. The young boy and girl love each other passionately as only teenagers can, while their families’ mutual disdain and prejudice lead to revenge and an irreversible fate.

The Acting Company’s work is guided by its mission of touring the United States, commissioning new work, rediscovering classics, providing opportunities for gifted young actors and making theater accessible to all.

Founded in 1972 by the legendary John Houseman and Margot Harley, The Acting Company has performed 133 productions in 48 states and 10 foreign countries. The Acting Company has played a pivotal role in the careers of many actors, including Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Jesse L. Martin, Frances Conroy, David Ogden Stiers, Keith David, Jeffrey Wright and Rainn Wilson. Honored by the Tony Awards for Excellence in Theater, the company has won the Obie, Audelco, Citibank’s Excellence in Education and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards.

The Guthrie Theater, founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963, is one of America’s leading regional theaters and is widely recognized as an American center for theater performance, production and professional training. In addition to plays presented on the Guthrie’s main stage, the theater provides an additional season of new works by contemporary playwrights such as Arthur Miller, Edward Albee and Warren Leight at the Guthrie Lab.

Under the directorship of Joe Dowling, the Guthrie has built one of the finest multistage theater centers of our time, including a classic thrust for grand scale classics, a proscenium for more intimate productions and a studio for developing new works. In 1982, the Guthrie received a Tony Award acknowledging its outstanding contribution to the American theater.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $36, $28 and $18. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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