Young Company to bring “Romeo and Juliet” to NKU

Seven actors and actresses will bring one of Shakespeare’s best-known love stories, “Romeo and Juliet” to Northern Kentucky University.

As part of their Two-Hours’ Traffic tour, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival Young Company will be performing “Romeo and Juliet”.

Despite the fact that NKU’s Theatre Department recently performed this play, the Young Company plans to offer students a very different approach.

“I think that students will benefit from seeing both,” Emily Detmer-Goebel, an English professor at NKU said. She requires her students to attend plays throughout the semester.

For this performance, the ensemble plays multiple roles and uses limited props.

“This is the chance to see the heart of Shakespeare without the bells and whistles…It gives you seven experienced actors telling a story that is as essential today as when it was first penned,” Brian Isaac Phillips, artistic director for CSF, said in a statement.

The literature and language department of NKU is sponsoring this event, free for students.

The Young Company will be performing in the Otto Budig Theatre Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.

Students interested in an in-depth discussion of the performance of “Romeo and Juliet”, or Shakespeare in general, a question/answer session will be held following the performance.