Ophelia’s Jump Productions presents their annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival with Romeo and Juliet: An ASL Love Story. The production will run July 13-21, 2018 at Sontag Greek Theatre.
This year’s Midsummer Shakespeare Festival celebrates diversity and inclusion with an adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Romeo & Juliet. Set in Verona, Shakespeare’s greatest love story tells the tale of star-crossed lovers who defy their families’ mutual animosity to consummate their love, but then pay the ultimate price.
First produced as a 45-minute version for LA Fringe Festival, the piece has been expanded to its full length and scope for the festival. Juliet and other members of her family are deaf. The rift that divides the lovers is cultural and linguistic, but their love transcends their families’ prejudices. The production will be double cast with both deaf and hearing actors. The aim is to make this timeless story accessible to all and to create a shared understanding and communal experience for all audience members.
The production will take place under the stars at the beautiful Sontag Greek Theatre, an outdoor amphitheater originally built in 1910 and renovated in 1997. The productions will be performed in repertory, alternating each night.
The festival, co-sponsored by Pomona College, includes exhibits, arts and crafts by community businesses and organizations.
Now a Claremont tradition, Ophelia’s Jump’s Midsummer Shakespeare Festival artfully presents tragedy and comedy under the stars in a beautiful outdoor setting. Each performance opens nightly with a 40-minute Green Show - an entertaining prelude to the evening’s main performance. We invite you to bring your own picnic and don’t forget a small blanket or cushion for added comfort.
On Saturdays, arrive early and enjoy local musicians, artists and crafts before settling in for an evening of timeless Shakespearean classics. Enjoy festival booths, crafts, and vendors starting at 5:30 p.m. Local restaurants and businesses will be offering special in-restaurant dining menus and selected take-out options to enjoy prior to all performances.
Ticket prices: $28 General Admission.
Group tickets available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 909-734-6565 for information.
About Ophelia’s Jump
Ophelia’s Jump is a non-profit regional theatre company based in Claremont and performing in Claremont and Upland. Ophelia's Jump Productions was founded by artists and educators who believe that the purpose of theatre is to create unending conversations, spark imagination, incite conscience, and elicit a visceral response. Ophelia’s Jump aims to invigorate the creativity and intellect of the community by working with local emerging artists.
- Pomona College
- Sontag Greek Theatre
- 300 E. Bonita Avenue