Free Performances Romeo & Juliet in Pine Grove Cemetery

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Arts After Hours offers free admission to this year’s Summer Shakespeare

 

Arts After Hours (AAH) will present Shakespeare’s classic play Romeo and Juliet July 25, August 1 & 8 at 4:00 PM and July 26, August 2 & 9 at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM at Pine Grove Cemetery on 145 Boston Street. Admission is free and donations are encouraged. For more information and directions please visit artsafterhours.com or call the box office at (781) 205-4010. The show’s content is considered PG-13.

In this fourth season of AAH’s annual Summer Shakespeare production, Romeo and Juliet embraces the finest aspects of live theater: a timeless story, high-caliber cast and crew, and amazing outdoor setting right in Lynn. The entryway of the beautiful Pine Grove Cemetery provides a sunken garden, unused historic tomb, and the gorgeous Rhoades Chapel. The audience will move with the actors through these locations. “The public features of this special Lynn landmark give us a great space to create theatre,” says AAH Artistic Director Thomas Martin. “It also allows us to reintroduce one of Lynn’s true gems to our audience.”

Romeo and Juliet was written to take place in late July and early August, and as a contemporary piece. Arts After Hours and talented Boston-based director Christopher Webb have embraced these elements; they will present the play in modern day Lynn. “I hope that in our telling of this play, we can all begin to take a step back and examine how we deal with the violence that surrounds and infects our daily lives,” says Webb.

Pine Grove Cemetery was designed by Henry A.S. Dearborn, who also created Boston’s first public park: Forest Hills Cemetery in Roxbury. Arts After Hours hopes that this production introduces many more people to the beauty of Lynn’s very own classic park and cemetery. “The production takes advantage of the unique landscaping and architectural features located beyond the cemetery proper, says AAH Managing Director Corey Jackson. “Both Arts After Hours and the Pine Grove Cemetery Commission hope that Romeo and Juliet will encourage people to visit and utilize this impressive public resource more often,” says Corey Jackson, AAH’s Managing Director. “It’s a wonderful place to connect with nature and explore Lynn’s rich history.”

This year’s Summer Shakespeare production is sponsored by The Office of Community and Economic Development, Pine Grove Cemetery Commission, Lynn City Council, Lynn Cultural Council, Salem Five, and Community Credit Union. Due to this generous sponsorship, Arts After Hours is able to offer free admission.

Parking for Romeo and Juliet is available inside the entrance of Pine Grove Cemetery. For more information about Arts After Hours, please see artsafterhours.com. The production is handicapped accessible.

Contact Arts After Hours by emailing info@artsafterhours.com or by calling the Box Office at (781) 205-4010.

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