Set in Modern Times, Free Love's Labor's Lost and Romeo and Juliet Play in Houston

News   Set in Modern Times, Free Love's Labor's Lost and Romeo and Juliet Play in Houston
The Houston Shakespeare Festival will present free repertory performances of William Shakespeare's Love's Labor's Lost and Romeo and Juliet starting July 27.

The 33rd annual Texas event will play through Aug. 11 at the 2,700-seat (open-air, fully air-conditioned) Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park.

HSF founder and longtime University of Houston's School of Theatre Director Dr. Sidney L. Berger stages Love's Labor's Lost, which kicks off the festival July 27, while associate UH theatre professor Carolyn Houston Boone stages Romeo and Juliet starting July 28.

Berger resets his production of the comedy — "about four noblemen who vow to pursue their studies for three years and at the same time attempt to foreswear matters of the heart" — on the eve of World War I. Justin Doran, Celeste Roberts and veteran company member Rutherford Cravens star.

Boone also bumps up the timeline in her take on the tale of star-crossed lovers to a contemporary setting. Andrew Love and Jessica Boone will play the title roles.

The 2007 HSF repertory company also includes Brady Alland, John Arp, Al Baker, Jessica Boone, Bob Boudreaux, Amy Bruce, Matt Carter, Melissa Davis, Justin Doran, Eric Doss, Scotty Fults, Bill Hardy, Alan Heckner, Erin Kidwell, Philip Lehl, Andrew Love, Rick Olvera, Tom Prior, Celeste Roberts, Joel Sandel, Ann Marie Siegwarth, David Wald, Bree Welch and Laura Yosowitz. Performances (which begin at 8:30 PM) are free to the public, but tickets are required for covered seating. For tickets to Love's Labor's Lost and Romeo and Juliet at the Miller Outdoor Theatre (100 Concert Drive) in Houston, TX, call (713) 284-8352 or visit

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