Theater Emory brings to life the timeless tragedy of "Romeo & Juliet"

October 20, 2016

Theater Emory continues its celebration of William Shakespeare’s work and prepares for the arrival of the First Folio with the immortal romance “Romeo & Juliet,” November 3-13 in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater in the Dobbs University Center. 

Possibly the most famous love story of all time, this tragedy of young lovers has captured imaginations for centuries through Shakespeare’s immensely rich and beautiful language. Shakespeare’s Verona is a world where life is moving too fast, and yet not fast enough. Taking place over just four days, the play is a whirlwind of emotions and events, sweeping the audience on a journey of love, hate, destiny and defiance at breakneck speed.

Theater Emory’s production is an exploration of speed and emotions. “Fast paced, clearly spoken diction, highly emotional drives in affection, revenge, and desperation are presented in a period style that demands accuracy in movement and gesture along with clarity of text,’ explains director John Ammerman. “Set in the period for which it was written - the 1400’s - the play is driven by the comedy in the early acts as much as the tragedy in later acts, when the story turns terribly ugly.”

In “Romeo & Juliet,” the fear of being left behind is “a recipe for losing control,” explains Ammerman. “We really haven’t changed as human beings when we desperately want something in the now. This is a play filled with rash impatience, impulsive pleasures, ‘take no prisoners’ arrogance, and ‘stay out of my way’ righteousness.”

Performances of Theater Emory’s “Romeo & Juliet” are November 3-5 and 9-12 at 7:30 p.m. and November 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater of the Dobbs University Center. Full price tickets are $22, $18 for discount category members, and $6 for Emory students. Tickets are available online at, by phone (404.727.5050), or in person at the Arts at Emory Box Office (1700 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA, 30322).

For additional information on this production and Theater Emory’s yearl-long celebration of Shakespeare, visit