Sarah Ruth and Mark Fleming play Shakespeare’s famous star-crossed lovers in the Trinity Western production of Romeo and Juliet

Wherefore art thou, Romeo?

With Juliet, of course, on stage at Trinity Western University, from Oct. 18-29

Romance, rebellion, and class rivalry sizzle in TWU’s contemporary production of Romeo and Juliet, playing Oct. 18-29.  Rediscover the humour, humanity, and hope in this classic tale of star-crossed lovers who dare to imagine that things could be different.  Shakespeare’s profoundly human tragedy hits close to home in a refreshing, West Coast-inspired setting.

“If you’re looking for Shakespeare you can sleep through, better skip this one,” joked Cloverdale’s Mark Fleming, who is playing the part of Romeo.

The Clayton Heights Secondary grad, who was recently accepted into SAMC Theatre’s BFA Acting program at TWU, had no idea the Bard could be so much fun.

“I thought I knew this story, but I never imagined it could feel so much like real life,” said Fleming.

“Kids in leather jackets, bantering over a game of pool.

“The guy in the argyle sweater who your parents think is a ‘good catch.’

“The stereotypes you accept simply because everyone else in your group does.

“Why do the Capulets and Montagues hate each other?  Do they ever actually stop and think about it?”

Langley’s Angela Konrad directs the timeless tragedy on the heels of her last project, a prison drama titled Jesus Hopped The A-Train, with Glass City Theatre.

The play won multiple Jessie Awards in Vancouver last summer.  Konrad is thrilled to explore a love story this time around and illuminate all of its beauty, grace, and humour.

“It’s not just about young love, there are so many kinds of love woven through it,” says Konrad.

“Friends and mentors risking everything for each other.

“Husband and wife trying to do the right thing.

“The story is remarkably current, and affecting.  It’s been fascinating to dive into a classic work and find so many contemporary parallels.

“These are people who live in our neighbourhood. They aren’t stuffy, strange-talking literary creations, they’re real and familiar.”

Sarah Ruth stars alongside Fleming as the star-crossed lovers.

Costumes are designed by Sabrina Evertt, the set is by Omanie Elias, and Nicole Bach is in charge of lighting.

Romeo and Juliet runs Oct. 18-29, Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $7 to $16 with two-for-one Tuesdays and special weeknight discounts.  For show information and tickets, visit or email

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