'Much Ado,' 'Romeo and Juliet' make up Rubber City Shakespeare season

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The Rubber City Shakespeare Company announces its upcoming summer repertory season featuring William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," directed by Dane CT Leasure, and "Romeo and Juliet," directed by Kelly Elliott).

Both productions are sponsored by The University of Akron's College of Education.

The company of 12 college and professional actors will perform both shows in true rotating repertory, presenting a different show every other night beginning June 25. Employing early modern staging conditions such as universal lighting, the actors and audience share the same light, a technique that allows the actors to engage directly with the audience and is similar to how Shakespeare's company performed.

Rubber City also practices cross-gendered casting, with women playing men's roles and vice versa, as well as re-gendering characters from male to female, allowing women to play females in early modern plays.

The summer repertory season begins with Pay-As-You-Like-It preview performances of "Much Ado About Nothing" on June 25 and "Romeo and Juliet" on June 26. These are free performances, no reservations needed, with donations accepted at the door. Opening night for "Much Ado About Nothing" is on June 27 and opening night for "Romeo and Juliet" is on June 28. The repertory runs Thursday through Sunday until July 13, with no performance on July 4. All evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students (14 and older), and $8 for youth (7 through 13). Order tickets online at:www.rubbercityshakes.com/tickets. Tickets are available an hour before show time at the door. All performances will be on the University of Akron's campus in Schrank Hall South Auditorium, at 240 Carroll Street.

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