Methodist University & Sweet Tea Shakespeare Present "Much Ado about Romeo and Juliet"

Methodist University and Sweet Tea Shakespeare will present a new take on two classic Shakespeare plays Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 at Methodist University. “Much Ado about Romeo & Juliet” (“MAARJ”) is part of a collaborative project, “MU/ST,” that pairs MU and Sweet Tea Shakespeare actors. Performances will be on the stage in Huff Concert Hall in The Reeves Fine Arts Building at 8 p.m. on Sept. 29, 30, and Oct. 1 and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 2. Tickets are $5 for the general public, or free with a Methodist University ID.

“MAARJ” is an unconventional twist to two of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Part scripted, part improvised, full of music, audience interaction, and surprises, “MAARJ” is a unique take on the play that stresses and explores the connections between the plays, from balcony scenes to dance parties, from the virtues of honor to the hot tempers of passion. Audiences can expect a preshow performance of live music and a lot of adventuresome approaches to the making of a play, from puppet work to dance to mime.

The cast features MU students Taj Allen, Darien Jones, Skylar Wood, Erin Arauz, Elizabeth Dowden, MU alumna Teresa Hammonds, Fayetteville State University and Sweet Tea Shakespeare student actor, Traycie Zapata, and Sweet Tea Shakespeare actors Tohry Petty, Nic Fulton, and Jessica Osnoe. The project is directed by MU Theatre Department Chair, Dr. Evan Bridenstine, and Fayetteville State University Associate Professor and Sweet Tea Shakespeare Artistic Director Jeremy Fiebig.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Methodist University on this project. It's wonderful to work with such energetic and capable MU students and alums on these classic texts," says Fiebig, "We hope the bridges we're building with MU will serve us for years to come."

About Sweet Tea Shakespeare

Sweet Tea Shakespeare, a function of Fayetteville State University, seeks to celebrate the wonder of Shakespeare by providing simple, elemental, magical theatre experiences in an atmosphere of beauty and community. Contact Sweet Tea Shakespeare contact at artistic@sweetteashakespeare.com or call (910) 420-4383.

About MU Theatre

Theatre at Methodist University is designed for self-motivated individuals who seek a theatre education firmly grounded in the liberal arts, preparing them for further study. We encourage students to take advantage of the many local professional, college and community theatre productions. Contact the Methodist University Theatre Department at ebridens@methodist.edu or call (910) 630-7104.

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