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August 9, 2011

A Takeoff on “Romeo and Juliet” Sure to Bring Laughs

Guest high school performers from the Traveling Players Ensemble of Great Falls, Va., re-create historical Commedia dell’Arte with masks, improvisation and authentic lunatic humor in “Commedia dell’Arte: The Tragic Events.” This program is presented at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 16 and 17 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Play Booth Theatre on Palace Green in the Historic Area.

Based on an authentic 1611 play outline and performed with traditional Italian masks, pratfalls and slapstick humor, this comic retelling of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” shows that just because you don’t die in the end doesn’t mean you got off easy.

What if Romeo didn’t kill himself? What if Juliet’s fake death never turned into a real one? What if Romeo had a sister who was in love with Juliet’s brother, who was a cowardly captain with a funny accent? Scholars have asked these questions for years, and we finally have an answer, but it doesn’t involve any tragedy.

No admission ticket is required.

For more information, call 1-800-HISTORY.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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