THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA AND ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY TO HOST LECTURE ON ROMEO AND JULIET
University of Arizona English Professor Peter E. Medine, in conjunction with Arizona Theatre Company, will host a two hour event titled, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: A Presentation. The lecture will take place at the University of Arizona on Saturday, November 6 from 3:00-5:00 PM in the Dorothy Rubel Room at the Helen S. Schaefer Building, also the UA Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen Street. Tickets are $20 and are available by submitting a reservation form found at http://humanities.arizona.edu/romeo.
Professor Medine's discussion of Shakespeare's play will trace the riveting psychological and emotional growth of the star-crossed couple from their first encounter and love at first sight to the play's final catastrophe. Comparison of film clips of two cinematic versions of the play, by George Cukor (1936) and Franco Zeffirelli (1968), will provide insight into the ways in which Shakespeare exploits dramatic spectacle to develop his characters and shape his plot. The spectacle includes poetry, dance, music and song. Medine finds that while the play deals with young love, the tragedy's power and meaning come from the remarkable development of Romeo and Juliet into heroes of compelling stature who defy family, society and fate to realize their ideal of absolute romantic love.
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: A Presentation will prepare participants for Arizona Theatre Company's presentation of The Acting Company/Guthrie Theater production of Romeo and Juliet, which runs for a limited engagement November 11-14 at the Temple of Music and Art.
Dr. Peter E. Medine previously collaborated with Arizona Theatre Company in March of 2009 with The Acting Company/Guthrie Theater production of King Henry V. Professor Medine received his B.A from Northwestern University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has been a faculty member at the University of Arizona since 1969, and he is currently Professor of English in the College of Humanities. Medine has directed six Institutes funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities which deal with Milton and Shakespeare and has held research fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. and at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. His research interests include Classical and Neo-Latin literature and the literary and intellectual history of the Early Modern Period in England. He is the author of various articles and the author, editor, or co-editor of seven books, the most recent of which is Visionary Milton: Essays in Prophecy and Violence (Duquesne University Press, 2010). Medine is the recipient of several teaching awards and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the University's Humanities Seminars Program.
ROMEO AND JULIET performance tickets start at $30 for adults depending on date and section choice and are available at www.arizonatheatre.org or by calling the box office at (520) 622-2823. Youth tickets are available for $10. Discounts are available for students, seniors and active military on specific performance days. For discounts on groups of eight or more, call (520) 622-2823.
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