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Alexis Woodard to Direct R + J (Romeo & Juliet) at Spelman

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 to Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019

  • Spelman College, Rockefeller Fine Arts Building, Baldwin Burroughs Theatre

alexis woodard c-2020Junior theater and performance major, writing minor Alexis Woodard, C’2020, will direct a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic "Romeo and Juliet," which details the tragic story of two individuals who fall in love, then are ripped a part by class divides, and ultimately meet their untimely deaths.

What does their story look like in Atlanta 2019? Using hip-hop in music, dance, and movement, this Shakespearean tragedy is transplanted from the past to the present. Performances will take place during Spelman's popular Family Weekend, February 14-1, in the Baldwin Burroughs Theatre in the Rockefeller Fine Arts building.

romeo+juliet Romeo and Juliet Show Times

Friday, Feb. 15 |  7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 16 |  2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb.17 | 2:30 p.m.

It's not often that a student is selected to direct a campus performance of such magnitude. Woodard, a native of Albany, Georgia, is up for the challenge.

"One of the most fulfilling things about directing is the ability to create narratives  from not only my perspective, but  perspective of all under represented peoples. The thrill of taking nothing but the written word and shaping an entire world around it gives way for unlimited artistic expression," she said.

With the support of actors from the Atlanta University Center, Woodward will make Shakespeare's familiar characters come alive and ensure that the time-honored tale resonates with today's audiences.

Woodard on Directing

"I find it incredibly important to incorporate Black representation and experiences into all forms of theater, including classical," said Woodward. " In our version, the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets takes place here and now, and utilizes elements of contemporary hip-hop to reflect our current reality in a classical tale."

Woodward is no stranger to the stage. She has been involved with many shows both on the Atlanta theater scene and with the Spelman College Department of Theater and Performance. Her most recent credits include: "Saturday Night/Sunday Morning" as Gladys; and as stage manager for "HANDS UP," which was recently selected for performance at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region IV with an opportunity to present at the Kennedy Center in April.

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