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Post-apocalyptic Romeo and Juliet

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The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) theatre program continues its tradition of educating students and entertaining local audiences with a spring Shakespeare production of Romeo and Juliet. UFV Theatre's contemporary version of William Shakespeare's iconic play is adapted and directed by Paul Gélineau.

Featuring seductive love poetry and thrilling stage combat, this version of Romeo and Juliet is set in a post-apocalyptic Verona. Surrounded by violence and chaos, a pair of star-crossed lovers from feuding families take their lives.

"Everybody understands how much it means to love and how much it can hurt to love and everybody understands feuding," says Gélineau.

While the original play was first written by Shakespeare around 1595, UFV Theatre's production has been adapted for a contemporary audience by Gélineau , a UFV sessional instructor and renowned fight director. Gélineau has received local, national, and international recognition for his fight direction. UFV Theatre's production of Romeo and Juliet will feature 24 student actors, 21 students and alumni working as designers

and production crew members, and Chilliwack School of the Performing Arts student Bethany Meyers in the role of Queen Mab.

UFV Theatre offers a season of three main stage productions, the Directors' Theatre Festival, and a variety of special presentations such as staged play readings, workshops, and more. All UFV Theatre productions cultivate professional standards of practice and performance, and offer a variety of opportunities for students to develop industry skills both onstage and behind the scenes.

The production runs March 5 to 23 at UFV's Performance Theatre at 45635 Yale Rd. (at Airport Road) in Chilliwack. Preview performances are on March 5 and 6. The opening night performance and reception is on March 7 and 7:30 p.m. Performances continue on March 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22. The two Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. are on March 16 and 23. Student matinees at noon are on March 12 and 13. Ticket prices range from $11 to $23 (plus service fees) and are available for purchase by phone at 604-795-2814 and online at www.UFV.ca/theatre.

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