College of Liberal Arts & Sciences / Creative Arts

Western Oregon University to Present Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

MONMOUTH – Western Oregon University’s department of theater and dance invites you to experience Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.

A young man and woman meet by chance and fall instantly in love. But their families are bitter enemies, and in order to be together, the two lovers must be prepared to risk everything. Set in a city torn apart by feuds and gang warfare, “Romeo and Juliet” is a dazzling combination of passion and hatred, bawdy comedy and high tragedy.

Directed by WOU faculty member Ted deChatelet, the play will feature rousing sword fights, Italian Renaissance costumes and live period music provided by WOU’s Early Music Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Dirk Freymuth. The title roles will be played by Luke Armstrong (Lebanon, OR) and Lindsay Joliff (San Diego, CA) and will feature approximately seventeen other student actors.

Western Oregon University will present Romeo and Juliet Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2 and again on Thursday, March 7 through Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium on the WOU campus. The performance on Friday, March 1 will be interpreted for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Additionally, there will be one matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 3.

Tickets for Romeo and Juliet can be reserved at the Rice Auditorium box office by calling 503-838-8462. Ticket prices are $12 general admission; $10 seniors, 60 and older; $7 students. Box Office hours are Monday to Friday 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., and one hour before each performance.

Interview contact: Ted deChatelet, Department of Theatre and Dance

503-560-0636 or

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About WOU

Western Oregon University, founded in 1856, is the oldest public university in the western United States. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010, WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is a member of the seven campus Oregon University System and is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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