A picture of Repercussion Theatre's 2017 production, Much Ado About Nothing. For 2018, the company is working on Romeo and Juliet. (PHOTO CREDIT: Studio BARON Photo, taken from repercussiontheatre.com)

Shakespeare-in-the-Park in Hawkesbury

Summer 2018 will be bringing what is arguably the Bard of Avon’s most popular work to Hawkesbury. Indeed, the evening of July 15 will hold Shakespeare-in-the Park, an annual event by Montreal’s own Repercussion Theatre.

The chosen play for this year is none other than Romeo and Juliet, a special choice worthy of the theatre company’s 30-year anniversary.

Repercussion Artistic Director, Amanda Kellock, states on their website that “Romeo and Juliet is a beautiful, tragic tale of young people galloping full speed towards love, in a world calcified by hate. That feels pretty necessary right now”.

Just like Shakespeare himself, Repercussion wishes to “hold a mirror up to nature” and encourage ensuing dialog, which is why their 2018 adaptation of the classic may hold a few surprises, such as the fact that Romeo and Juliet will not form a heterosexual couple.

“We’re re-imagining Romeo and Juliet through an expanded, more inclusive lens in order to celebrate our collective diversity and affirm that love is love is love,” stated Kellock.

The show will be taking place on-stage at Hawkesbury’s Place des Pionniers on the evening of Sunday, July 15, 2018. The play will be entirely in English.

“The event is completely free for everyone,” said Nicole Trudeau, Director of Recreation and Tourism at the Town of Hawkesbury.

“It’s a family event, so it’s appropriate for everyone. People are free to bring chairs, blankets… Make an evening out of it!”

Trudeau stated that more information on the event will be made available soon through Hawkesbury’s Recreation and tourism Facebook page, its website and the local papers.

About Repercussion Theatre

Montreal’s Repercussion Theatre, a professional theatre company and non-profit arts organization, was founded in 1988. It holds as its core values artistic excellence, social relevance and accessibility and aims at delivering professional, classically based, visually dynamic theatre that is accessible to all, regardless of income, culture, language, age or education.

More information on Repercussion Theatre can be found directly on their website, at repercussiontheatre.com .


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