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March 31, 2010

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UT Tyler Presents Romeo and Juliet

The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center will present the tragic love story, “Romeo and Juliet,” Susan Thomae-Morphew, Cowan Center director, announced.

The well-known Shakespearean drama will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 9.

This performance is a Braithwaite Performing Arts Program, which is jointly presented by the UT Tyler Cowan Center and East Texas Symphony Orchestra. Media sponsors are Tyler Morning Telegraph, KETK, East Texas Radio Group, Lamar Advertising and Fox 51.

“For years we have had The Acting Company on our list of renowned artists and companies that are ‘must haves’ for our Cowan Center audience,” said Thomae-Morphew. “We appreciate the support of the late Mrs. Braithwaite for giving us the ability to present this company that was originally founded in 1972 by John Houseman and Margot Harley with the first graduating class of Juilliard’s Drama Division.”

The Acting Company has turned out some of the finest actors, including Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone and Jesse L. Martin to name a few, she added.

The Acting Company and The Guthrie Theater will co-produce and tour a purist approach to traditional theater. These highly-trained actors will not wear body microphones and will perform to an intimate audience limited to 1,000 patrons.

Recipient of a Tony® Honor for Excellence in Theater, The Acting Company has performed 134 productions for millions of people across America while developing the careers of some of America’s finest actors.

Considered by some the greatest love story ever told, Shakespeare’s tragic tale of the young star-crossed lovers from rival families in Verona remains one of his most popular and most performed works.

Other noted alumni include Rainn Wilson, Frances Conroy, Jeffrey Wright, David Schramm, Harriet Harris, David Ogden Stiers, Hamish Linklater, Richard Ooms, Claudia Wilkens, Richard S. Iglewski and Keith David.

Its celebrated education programs, which are master classes, workshops and Literacy Through Theater artistic residencies, reach over 30,000 students yearly, particularly those with no other access to arts education and live performances.

Romeo and Juliet begins with the stuff of comedy, the love-at-first sight meeting of Juliet and Romeo and the rigidity of the older generation that tries to thwart that love. For generations, it has become the archetype for love stories, especially tragic ones.

Tickets are $21, $31, $41 and $51 and can be purchased online at www.cowancenter.org, by phone at 903.566.7424 or at the box office. Box office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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