ROMEO AND JULIET’ REVIVED, ‘A CHASTE MAID IN CHEAPSIDE’ DEBUTED

Date: 
Friday, March 21, 2014 - 7:30pm to Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 7:30pm

‘ROMEO AND JULIET’ REVIVED, ‘A CHASTE MAID IN CHEAPSIDE’ DEBUTED
Minneapolis, MN (February, 2014) – Beginning March 21, Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and
Thomas Middleton’s “A Chaste Maid in Cheapside” will take the stage in the Twin Cities, the latter
for the first time in the Twin Cities. Staged by local theatre company Classical Actors Ensemble
(CAE), the two plays will capture the spirit of an original 17th century theater experience through the
Elizabethan practices of open staging, universal lighting, live music between acts, and concessions for
sale within the theatre.
In keeping with the hallmark aesthetic crafted in 2010’s and 2011’s “‘Tis a Pity She’s a Whore,” “All’s
Well That Ends Well,” and “Richard II,” CAE will highlight the modern relevance of these classic
love stories by setting the productions in more contemporary periods. Audiences can expect modern
dress and music.
The performances will run Thursday through Sunday, March 21–April 12 at the Minneapolis Theatre
Garage, 711 W Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.,
starting with “Romeo and Juliet,” alternating evenings with “Chaste Maid.” Saturday and Sunday
matinees will be at 2 p.m. Tickets are priced on a sliding scale starting at $15, and two special paywhat-
you-can performances will be given March 31 and April 7. Tickets can be purchased at the door
or online at www.classicalactorsensemble.org. Concessions will be available during the performance.
CAE is proud to host post-show discussions with the director and actors after performances on
March 28, April 4 and 5.

MORE ABOUT THE PLAYS: “A Chaste Maid in Cheapside,” a precursor to the modern British
sex farce, pits a four-way battle between money, status, sex, and love for six London couples.
Intersecting plots of bawdy cuckoldry, inheritance hanging by a thread, ravenous social climbing, and
parental objections to young love create an elaborate cityscape populated with neighbors we still
recognize today.
One of Shakespeare’s most beloved and produced plays, “Romeo and Juliet,” is the tragedy of starcrossed
lovers determined to wed despite their families’ deadly feud. CAE’s production will focus on
the themes of thwarted good intentions and the permanent repercussions of violent passions.
The pairing of these two plays offers dovetailing perspectives on romance, family, and
socioeconomic power.

THE ARTISTS: “A Chaste Maid in Cheapside” is directed by CAE founding member Joseph Papke,
and “Romeo and Juliet” is helmed by director Michael Kelley. A skilled cast of 22 actors and
musicians tackles both plays. Hannah Steblay will play Juliet opposite U of M/Guthrie BFA grad
Nate Cheeseman as Romeo. Joe Wiener anchors Chaste Maid’s ensemble cast as Mr. Allwit.
MORE ABOUT THE COMPANY: To learn more about the company, please visit
www.classicalactorsensemble.org/ensemble.html