Classically chaotic

Modern set, costumes bring 'Romeo and Juliet' to future

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The director called it a "non-stop train wreck."

And she meant it in the most flattering way.

The Maryville College Theatre Department presented "Romeo and Juliet" on March 8-11 at Wilson Chapel. The director, set-designer and actors presented Shakespeare’s classic in a futuristic setting but with the bard’s original Shakespearean language and text. The futuristic treatment of the setting and costumes was intended to help the audience connect with the "timeless nature of the conflict," said director Dr. Heather McMahon, in a press release before the production.

The last main stage performance in the college’s Wilson Chapel Theatre prior to the reconstruction of the new Civic Arts Center was a fitting venue for the play, said McMahon, adding that she wanted to choose a play that was considered a "classic."

McMahon said the play, full of people falling in love, dueling to the death, being banished and committing suicide, was a "non-stop train wreck. The faster we move through the action of the play," she said, "the more we enhance that out of control feeling."

Cast included Colber Prosper as Romeo and Andi Morrow as Juliet in the lead roles. Evan Williams was Tybalt, Aja Rodriguez played Abraham Montague and Friar John; Robert Hutchens, Friar Lawrence and William McCurdy, Mercutio.

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