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Contemporary Romeo and Juliet Workshop at CalArts Los Angeles and CalArts—Actors Join in Director Derek Magyar’s Production

Valencia, CA, March 2, 2011 – Contemporary form and Elizabethan text merge in the new workshop production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet by California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Theater, directed by Derek Magyar. The workshop will be followed by a full presentation in the fall.

Romeo and Juliet will be presented at Butler Building II on the CalArts campus (24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, 91355). Performances will take place Friday, March 4, at 8pm; Saturday, March 5, at 12pm; Monday, March 7, at 8pm; and Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 8pm. For reservations, please visit http://calarts.edu/calendar. Please note that Romeo and Juliet includes some nudity and is not appropriate for children.

“This is a darker version than most,” said Director Derek Magyar. “I am really testing the limits of sexuality and love, bringing lust and desire to the forefront.”  Magyar’s production utilizes multimedia, live-action video and film-like scoring.

Magyar is a graduate of the CalArts School of Theater. His first film, Flying Lessons, featured performances by Cary Elwes, Hal Holbrook and Christine Lahti, and was chosen to open the Santa Barbara Film Festival in February 2010. His next film, The Secrets They Share, is slated to begin production in early 2010. He is best known for his role as “X” in the critically acclaimed indie film, Boy Culture. This past year, Magyar starred alongside Thora Birch in the Lionsgate thriller Train, and played a leading role in Chris Carter’s Fencewalker, scheduled for theatrical release this year.

In addition to the CalArts performers, the cast includes several well-known Los Angeles based actors.

Michael O'Neill’s (Capulet) career spans three decades, and includes an extensive list of theater, television and film credits. O’Neill is best known for his role as Ron Butterfield on The West Wing, as well as the murderous husband and shooter on Grey’s Anatomy

Rick Gonzalez (Tybalt) has been a series regular for 2 seasons on Reaper.  Film credits include Coach Carter, Old School, War of the Worlds, Illegal Tender, Biker Boyz, What We Do Is Secret, First Snow, and Laurel Canyon.  He has guest starred on over 15 different television shows including E.R., Lie to Me, CSI, Law and Order: SVU, and The Shield.

Lawrence Lacey (Friar Laurence) has appeared in such films as Worth Planning, bLaCK mAn, and American Dreams.  His theater work includes Joan of Arc (Goodman Theatre/Linz Festival), Ruined (Goodman Theater), and Safia Bernard’s Relationship Games (Arie CrownTheatre).        

Andrea LeBlanc (Juliet’s Nurse) received her MFA in performance from CalArts, and went on to found the Blank – the Dog theater company. Recent credits include The Carolyn Bryant Project (REDCAT and New York Theater Workshop), Power Play and Willful Blindness (BBC Radio), September 11, 2001 (The National Theater at the Colline Paris and Dijon Frictions Festival), and Mornings at Seven (Santa Monica Theater Guild), for which she won the Geoffery Award for Best Actress.

Last edited by dthatt on Mar 02, 2011
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