Originally Published: October 9, 2000 7:15 p.m.
Wiggle your toes in the grass and relax in your very own lawn chair as Arizona Classical Theater puts Shakespeare right in your lap.
"Romeo and Juliet" and "As You Like It" play for two weekends beginning Friday at Granite Creek Park for this year's "Shakespeare In The Park."
It's a great chance to take the whole family to a cultural experience close by in a comfortable park setting.
This year's schedule is "As You Like It" at 5:30 p.m.
Friday. Saturday enjoy "Romeo and Juliet" at noon and "As You Like It" at 4 p.m. Sunday, "As You Like It" is at noon; "Romeo and Juliet," at 4 p.m. Additional performances are "As You Like It" at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6; noon Saturday, Oct. 7; and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. "Romeo and Juliet" is at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, and noon Sunday, Oct.. 8.
Tickets are $7.50; children under 12 free.
Arizona Classical Theatre is choosing to portray Shakespeare's best-known and best-loved drama, "Romeo and Juliet," in American Civil War era costumes and setting.
The classic tragedy of the two lovers who meet their untimely end as a result of "two households both alike in dignity"…whose "civil blood makes civil hands unclean" is eerily reminiscent of the Civil War, said Tracey Mason Johnston, spokeswoman for ACT.
Placing it in that context also emphasizes that "Romeo and Juliet" remains relevant to contemporary society, she said.
The second ACT offering, "As You Like It," is one of Shakespeare's most popular romantic comedies.
The troupe will bring the Forest of Arden to life where the exiled Duke Senior and his family and followers have been forced to find refuge.
From there, strange happenings emerge when the city folk meet the bizarre inhabitants of the countryside – lovesick shepherds, earthy goat girls, mad young men carving poetry on trees and more.
Come hither and embark upon a journey into the exotic language of Shakespearean love, tragedy, magic and comedy at "Shakespeare in the Park."