The Bard returns to the Ravine for Summer 2018

Free Shakespeare returns to EKU with Romeo and Juliet

EKU Theatre’s annual Shakespeare in the Ravine program is bringing Romeo and Juliet to the Campus Beautiful. The performance will be free to the public with show time at 7pm on Thursday July 19, Friday July 20, and Saturday July 21 in the Ravine of EKU’s campus in Richmond, Kentucky.

Directed by EKU Theatre Director Matthew Lewis Johnson, and featuring professional artists and technicians working with EKU theatre students, the production promises to be fast, furious, and free. “We are giving several of our students their first professional experience along side some of the best actors and technicians in the area. Shakespeare’s play is a frat-boy comedy that murderously morphs into romantic tragedy. Running about ninety minutes and featuring some of the most beloved and beautiful language in the canon, our show promises a roller coaster romantic tragedy for the whole family.”

For the third annual Shakespeare in the Ravine, EKU Theatre is adding food and beverage trucks to the festivities. “We doubled our audience with last year’s production of The Tempest and are happy to have the event grow in this troubling time for the arts in Kentucky. The Theatre Department may be going away but Theatre will never leave EKU. We are working hard to ensure that Shakespeare in the Ravine is an annual event with high production values and an expert execution of challenging text,” says Johnson. A professional theatre artist and Company Member at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Johnson is excited about his fifty-second production of a Shakespeare play. “This production is deeply resonant of our current political climate. We have a gender-generational divide in our casting that speaks to the passion of the young and the intractability of entrenched power, and of course Shakespeare’s bawdy humor and his portrait of delirious young love.” The show will move to Gifford Theatre in the Campbell building in the event of rain. Visit for more details.

Published on May 17, 2018