In Verona, Italy there is a tourist attraction, the legendary tomb of Juliet Capulet, built in 1303 A.D. In the mid - 1590's, inspired by the romantic tale of her suicide, the Bard of Stratford-upon-Avon penned his classic tragedy. More than seven centuries after her death, a retired local professor began collecting - and secretly answering - letters addressed to "Juliet, Verona" as missives from all over the world began to accumulate at the site.

In 1991, inspired by this unbelievable occurrence, Brit rocker Elvis Costello collaborated with The Brodsky Quartet to create THE JULIET LETTERS, composing unconsciously poetic texts and evocative music in a wide variety of styles, in order to capture the vast range of this highly personal correspondence. When I first heard these songs, their surprising stories swept me away...I've sung them to myself for years, longing to share them - vividly imagining the lives they conjure and the hearts they might touch. At long last I have the chance to deliver THE JULIET LETTERS, given life and voice by an octet of extraordinary singing actors and musicians.We eagerly anticipate the response of our audience who, with open hearts, surely cannot resist their Hope-filled testament to Love Everlasting.”

- Gary Briggle, director

The Juliet Letters
Directed by Gary Briggle
Music directed by Jake Endres
Designed by John Clark Donahue

Michelle Barber
Gary Briggle
Adena Brumer
Doug Scholz-Carlson

with the Juliet Quartet
Hannah Murray, violin
Lindsey Bordner, violin
Tim Brock, viola
Geoff Anderson, cello

all shows are at the Southern Theater
7:30 Thursday 11 September 2008
8:00 Friday 12 September 2008
8:00 Saturday 13 September 2008
2:00 Sunday 14 September 2008
7:30 Thursday 18 September 2008
8:00 Friday 19 September 2008
8:00 Saturday 20 September 2008
7:00 Sunday 21 September 2008

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