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National Players to perform 'Romeo and Juliet' at FMU, Jan. 24

National Players will present Williams Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Monday, Jan. 24, at Francis Marion University, as part of the university’s Artist Series.

The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in the McNair Science Building auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public, and seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Written in the mid-1590s and first published in 1597, “Romeo and Juliet” is Shakespeare’s first non-historical tragedy, and it is in many ways the richest and most mature of his early works. Filled with all the passion and turbulence of young love, this timeless story of star-crossed lovers is a masterpiece of poetry and a whirlwind of emotion.

National Players, America’s longest running classical touring company, has now reached its 56th consecutive season of touring. Currently the touring program of Olney Theatre Center for the Arts in Olney, Md., National Players has earned a distinctive place in American theater. Committed to the formation of young theatrical talent and audiences, National Players seeks to celebrate the experience of theatergoing by presenting the world’s greatest dramatic literature.

National Players has performed for the public in 35 states and 10 foreign countries, reaching audiences in areas that are isolated geographically or economically; audiences that would otherwise never see quality live performances of classic plays.

Continuing in the tradition of traveling players, the troupe is totally involved in every

aspect of the plays they perform. They arrive a few hours before their scheduled performance to prepare each stage: raise the set, hang and focus the lights, check sound equipment and props, arrange dressing rooms, and perhaps run a brush-up rehearsal before donning costumes and makeup. When the final curtain falls, they do everything in reverse.

More information about the group can be found at

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Last Published: January 11, 2005 8:54 AM
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