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William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet needs no introduction -- but like every great play, it can benefit from a fresh look. This new, intimate adaptation by Artistic Director Lance Hewett sets the action at the end of the 19th century, in Verona, and clears away the archaic language that too often keeps audiences from appreciating how directly this most humane of playwrights speaks to us, more than 400 years later. Several recent productions have tried to de-emphasize the romantic in this ultimate romance. Our production glories in the passion of the two doomed teenagers, and its devastating impact on their intricately connected friends, families and foes.