Ophelia’s Jump Productions presents their Annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival with ROMEO & JULIET and AS YOU LIKE IT. The productions will run July 12-22, 2018 at Sontag Greek Theatre at Pomona College. The festival, co-sponsored by Pomona College, includes exhibits, arts and crafts by community businesses and organizations. Tickets are available at opheliasjump.org, or by calling 909-734-6565.
This year’s Midsummer Shakespeare Festival celebrates diversity and inclusion with an adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, ROMEO & JULIET. 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. AS YOU LIKE IT incorporates the world of wrestling with humor and high energy. Both productions will take place under the stars at the beautiful Sontag Greek Theatre, an outdoor amphitheater renovated in 1997. The productions will be performed in repertory, alternating each night.
Freedom to create is air to an artist – without it they would perish. But when every poet, musi-cian, comedian, and philosopher is exiled to the wilderness, and a vicious media baron re-places them with bloodsport, is art enough to survive on? Rosalind and her cousin Celia navi-gate the crazed world of wrestling, cross-dressing, and ennui-plagued men to ﬁnd true love and true expression in this modern production of As You Like It.
Performed at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 12, Saturday, July 14; Friday, July 20; and Sunday, July 22.
Romeo and Juliet
Capulet. Montague. Deaf. Hearing. Our identities tell the world who we are and shape how we interact with others. This modern production of Romeo and Juliet examines what can hap-pen when we choose to see certain groups as “other” or as our enemies, instead of ﬁnding commonality and community. Accessible to Deaf and hearing audiences in American Sign Lan-guage (ASL) and Shakespeare’s spoken English.
Performed at 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 13, Sunday, July 15; Thursday, July 19; and Saturday, July 21.
In it’s ﬁfth year, Ophelia’s Jump’s Midsummer Shakespeare Festival artfully presents tragedy and comedy under the stars in a beautiful outdoor setting. 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 start-ing 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. The festival, co-sponsored by Pomona College, includes exhibits, arts and crafts by community businesses and organizations.
Discover Claremont “Room and Bard” Package
Discover Claremont is partnering with the annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival to offer a “Room and Bard” package for visitors that includes festival tickets and a specially made picnic-to-go for a memorable evening under the stars in Claremont.
The package, available at participating Claremont hotels, includes a comfortable guest room, 2 tickets to one night’s performance at the Sontag Greek Theater, a picnic-for-two including a bottle of wine to take to the event, and 2 rental chairs at the event.
Reservations must be made by phoning the participating properties directly and requesting the “Room and Bard” package. The package is subject to availability at the following Claremont hotels:
- DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont (909-626-2411)
- Hotel Casa 425 (909-624-2272)
- Claremont Lodge (909-626-5654)
- Knights Inn Claremont (909-626-2431)
- Motel 6 Claremont (909-621-4831)
Title: ROMEO & JULIET and AS YOU LIKE IT
Directors: Ophelia’s Jump Company Member Alexandra Easton (ROMEO & JULIET) and Founding Associate Artistic Director Caitlin Lopez (AS YOU LIKE IT)
Location: Sontag Greek Theatre, Pomona College, 300 East Bonita Ave., Claremont (located behind Seaver Theatre)
Opening: Thursday, July 12 (AS YOU LIKE IT) & Friday, July 13 (ROMEO & JULIET)
Regular Run: July 12-July 22, 2018
Curtain Times: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays at 8 p.m.
Ticket prices: $25 General Admission. Group tickets available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 909-734-6565 for info.
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. Additional information available at opheliasjump.org.
About Pomona College
Located in Claremont, California, Pomona College is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. Established in 1887, Pomona is known for its quality academic programs, a challenging curriculum, close relationships between students and faculty, a range of student research and leadership opportunities, and a strong commitment to the arts. Additional information available at www.pomona.edu.