Forbidden love play to open

The Huntington University Theatre Company will present its final play of the spring semester, “Romeo and Juliet” and will debut in the Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, opening on Wednesday, April 15 and running through Saturday, April 18, 2015. All performances begin at 7:30 pm with the exception of an additional 2:00 pm performance on April 18, 2015.

     Shakespeare’s greatest romantic tragedy tells the story of love-struck youths who risk it all for one another amid the violent warring of their two powerful families. HUTC will present their own unique and innovative vision of this enduring tale of love and woe. The production will be set in a cyberpunk world, which will be evident in the setting and costumes.

     Associate professor of theater arts and director of the production, Jay Duffer, wanted to find a way to engage with audiences who have had little to no interaction with any of Shakespeare’s works while staying true to the humor, suspense, romance and violence found in the original production. 

Jay Duffer

Jay Duffer

   “We’ve actually had a lot of fun matching the original text to the visionary direction in which we want to take the show,” said Duffer. “It does not create changes in the plot at all. It does, however, require a few minor changes to text at times. For instance, ‘rapier’ might be turned into a ‘broad sword,’ or ‘sword’ to a ‘gun,’ or ‘torch’ to ‘light’ or ‘beam,’ depending upon the various weapons/props used in that moment by an actor. There are also a few creative uses of modern technology since we are setting it in a time when social media is at the forefront of our culture. We remain faithful to the original text with only few exceptions for updating.”

     For more information, see or for tickets, call the Box Office at 260.359.4261 from 1:00-4:00 pm on Mondays through Fridays.


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