Drama News

Fifth Annual Shakespeare in the Park Festival, 2014

Under the direction of Dr. Pam Monteleone, UNF students and Jacksonville residents performed a fresh interpretation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. With music arranged by Trevor Lundquist and Dorothy Lalas, both UNF music majors, and fencing directed by Raul Toro of the Jacksonville Fencing Club, the play reintroduced Jacksonville audiences to a Shakespeare they may have forgotten--baudy, audacious, full of honest, well acted soliloquies that revealed multiple levels of thought and feeling in these very human characters.

 

Click to view Act I (stream or download) and Act II (stream or download). The links feature the April 4, 2014 performance at Church of the Good Shepherd, Riverside. Other performances took place on the UNF Green and Johansen Park, Atlantic Beach in the first weeks of April.

The Playwrights Project

The University of North Florida's Department of English once again outdid itself with the production of Voices: Word for Word, Juvenile Justice, a reader's theater piece written by students from Dr. Pam Monteleone's Playwright's Project class of Fall 2013. Two performances on December 10th and 11th were both well attended.

 

Students interviewed people in Duval County--lawyers, legislators, UNF faculty, families,and incarcerated teenagers--to bring to light the facts behind the high numbers of incarerated teenagers in the state of Florida. The event featured UNF students, community members, faculty, and staff, who interpreted the student-written script through word and song.

 

On the closing night, a panel discussion was held featuring attorneys, prison advocates, UNF faculty, and family members of incarcerated teens. Members of the audience included former inmates, UNF students and faculty, members of the state's correctional system, and other members of the Jacksonville area dedicated to changing the current sentencing conditions for teens, who are often sentenced as adults. Concerns about Florida's policies in which teen inmates are sentenced without parol served as a focal point of discussion.

 

To view the video, click here.

 

To see pictures of the above events, go to the Department of English's facebook page (key word search "English at North Florida") and join!