West Side Story

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george chakirisGeorge Chakiris

West Side Story

  • 1961
  • Directed By: Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Drama, Musical
  • 152 Minutes
  1. Friday, September 5, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Still image from the film West Side Story

Actor George Chakiris is scheduled to be present.

The screening is SOLD OUT, but a standby line will be recognized and open seats will be filled at showtime.


West Side Story highlights the tensions between two rival gangs through a modern-day tragic love story based in “Romeo and Juliet.” It brings to light aspects of race relations in a blue collar NYC neighborhood through an incredible cast, Leonard Bernstein musical score, Stephen Sondheim lyrics, and choreography where the Jets (primarily descended from Eastern Europeans) battle the Sharks (immigrants from Puerto Rico) for territory. The film anticipates major societal shifts in the United States at the cusp of the civil rights movement, in addition to its ground breaking cinematic form. (2K DCP presentation)


His visit is sponsored by Collins Living Learning Center, College Arts and Humanities Institute, African American and African Diaspora Studies, Horizons of Knowledge, Departments of American Studies, Communication and Culture, Spanish and Portuguese, Latino Studies Program, Cultural Studies Program, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, International Studies Program, La Casa, Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance, and IU Cinema. Special thanks to Yara and Ysabel Clüver. Screenings are free, but ticketed.