Lovers rule the stage in the open-air theater

Act I: Fatal lovers use gender-neutral pronouns in modern Shakespeare outdoors

Director Kevin O’Callaghan brings Romeo and Juliet to today’s world, starring two families of opposing political ideologies who are oblivious to the love between their children, including a non-binary Romeo who, like the character, uses the pronouns “she/them.” used by Benvolio.

Director Kevin O'Callaghan brings Romeo and Juliet to today's world, where two families of opposing political ideologies are oblivious to the love between their children.

“It’s going to be unlike any[Romeo and Juliet]she’s seen before,” O’Callaghan said of the audience turning out for this week’s shows. “I hope they can relate to it in a modern, contemporary way that stimulates conversations about what’s happening in our country and in our world.”

The shows will take place June 22-26 at 7:00 p.m. in Lansing Community College’s outdoor amphitheater. Shows are free, but donations to the Theater Grant Fund are always welcome. It is the first performance in the Summer Under the Stars series, which will also include Dance Lansing in late July and Wiley and the Hairy Man in August.

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