ADA – Ohio Northern University’s Department of Theatre Arts will present “Romeo and Juliet” Sept. 27 through Sept. 30 in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 through Sept. 29, with 2 p.m. matinee performances on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30.

Brian Sage, assistant professor of  theatre and the production’s director, has opted to put what he described as his own “unique stamp” on the work. To that end, he has  incorporated a mix of classic and contemporary elements into the performance.

“The choices I wanted to make in the end led me to the conclusion that our production needed to be purposefully anachronistic,” Sage said. “After all, it’s a timeless story that asks basic human questions that we still grapple with today and have grappled with for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. To lean into the anachronism, we chose Renaissance or classically inspired garments with contemporary additions or alterations for our costumes. Our sound mixes classic instrumentation with contemporary electronica. Our weapons and props are also a mix of old and new. This all works in conjunction as we pit the ‘old money’ Montagues against the ‘new money’ Capulets.”

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for students and children and are available at the Freed Center box office during business hours.

Contact the box office at 419-772-1900 or

A post-show discussion will take place immediately following the performance on Sept. 30 and will be free of charge and open to the public.
The discussion will feature the artistic staff and cast of the production sharing their experiences and responding to questions and comments from audience members.

Future performances at The Freed Center include the Ohio Northern Symphony’s American Essence on Oct. 14, and Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party on Oct. 18 through 20.