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July 11, 2007

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New Productions of ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ ‘Love’s Labor’s Lost’ Highlight 33rd Annual Event

Evenings in July will become even steamier thanks to a double helping of timeless romance courtesy of the Houston Shakespeare Festival (HSF).

Two of the Bard’s most romantic classics, “Romeo and Juliet” and “Love’s Labor’s Lost,” will be brought to Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park July 27 – Aug. 11. This will be the 33rd year the University of Houston’s School of Theatre and the city of Houston have teamed up to present this popular event.

“Love’s Labor’s Lost” – directed by Sidney Berger, the festival’s founder and UH John and Rebecca Moores Professor in the School of Theatre & Dance – tells the comedic tale of a king and three companions, whose devotion to their studies is sidelined by their great interest in four very attractive ladies.

The ever-popular “Romeo and Juliet” – directed by Carolyn Houston Boone, UH professor of theatre and dance – offers the story of a young man and woman from warring clans, who fall desperately in love with each other. In spite of the violence and anger surrounding their relationship, the young lovers pledge never to be separated. In this version, the play will be set in a 1930s gangster setting.

“Both of these plays were written about the same time,” Berger said. “Shakespeare composed these two pieces in the late 1500s, and they are still relevant, timeless works.”

Since its inception in 1975, HSF has entertained nearly a half million theatergoers with free performances in Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. HSF is a recognized Equity theatre and is a member of the League of Resident Theatres.

Performances begin at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required for covered seating and are available at the Miller box office between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance. For more information, call the box office at 713-284-8352 or visit

WHAT: Houston Shakespeare Festival: “Love’s Labor’s Lost” and “Romeo and Juliet”
WHEN: “Love’s Labor’s Lost”: 8:30 p.m., July 27, Aug. 2, 4, 8, 10
“Romeo and Juliet”: 8:30 p.m., July 28, Aug. 1, 3, 9, 11
WHERE: Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park
WHO: The University of Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance, the city of Houston

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