Romeo and Juliet fall in love at Vanguard University

Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard campus April 8 through April 17.

This production of Romeo and Juliet is directed by Susan K. Berkompas, VU’s Theatre Department Chair, who studied Shakespeare with John Barton at the British American Drama Academy in England. Her vision for this production includes setting the story in a fictional modern day Verona with an industrial, urban backdrop that is juxtaposed with two very colorful gang families that couldn’t be more different from one another in philosophy and temperament.

Romeo and Juliet was the first Shakespeare play that I read and performed in. It has such timeless themes, and no matter where and when it is set, it always resonates with its audience because of the nature of dramatic tension and the complexity of human relationships,” says Berkompas.

Romeo and Juliet are a pair of star-crossed teenage lovers who pursue their passion for each other despite the fact that their families have been bitterly feuding since long before they were born. The story combines sword fighting, disguise, misunderstanding, tragedy, humor, and some of the most romantic language found in literature.

Performance dates and times are April 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 at 8:00 pm; and April 10, 16 and 17 at 2:00 pm. All shows are presented on the Vanguard University campus in the Lyceum Theater off of Newport Boulevard. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors and children. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling the Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145. Season subscriptions and group rates are available.

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