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Jan. 25, 2007

For Valentine's Day: It's Aquila Theatre's 'Romeo And Juliet' In Hancher

The University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium will celebrate Valentine's Day with a timeless story of uncompromising love: Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," performed by the Aquila Theatre Company at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 13 and 14.

Audience members both nights are invited to pre-performance discussions at 6:30 p.m. in the Hancher greenroom, featuring representatives of the company. Seating is limited.

On Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, audience members can enjoy a romantic dinner featuring a menu drawn from Renaissance Italy. Advance reservations are required. The café will open at 5:30 with dinner served at 6 p.m.

"Romeo and Juliet" is such a classic love story that everyone knows the plot -- teenage lovers caught in the middle of a family feud -- and can probably even recite a few of the play's most famous lines. It remains as gripping and dynamic to contemporary audiences as it was to Londoners 400 years ago.

The Aquila Theatre Company's new production utilizes their highly talented British and American ensemble to create a stylistic adaptation focusing on the major themes of the story and bringing the text to vivid life.

Aquila has won international acclaim for its bold and stylish productions of Shakespeare, and it was the most active component in the National Endowment of the Arts Shakespeare in American Communities program, which recently brought "Othello" to Hancher.

A story in The New Yorker commented, "Aquila's productions are beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect."

"Romeo and Juliet" is presented with media support from the Gazette.

Tickets are $32/29/26; UI student $28.80/15; senior citizen $28.80/26.10/23.40; youth $22.40/20.30/18.20. Discounted concert tickets are available as part of volume purchases: A simultaneous purchase of five events or more qualifies for a 15-percent discount. Dinner tickets are $26.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website:

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073; cell: 310-430-1013;

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