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On My Mind: Jennifer Coville-Schweigert, 34, and Tiffany Schweigert, 31

Jennifer Coville-Schweigert (left), their daughter Amelia Coville-Schweigert, 18 months, and Tiffany Schweigert. The couple runs She & Her Productions, which performs at Just Off Broadway Theater.

“We do the shows that our hearts are in, that people want to see,” Jennifer said. “We really love this city and the theater we’re able to do here in the city.”

What: William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet”

Where: Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central St.

When: Sept. 13, 14, 16, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m.

Sept. 15 and Sept. 22 at 2 p.m.

Info: For tickets to the productions, or to volunteer or donate, visit sheandherproductions.com.

Special to Ink

Jennifer Coville-Schweigert, 34, and Tiffany Schweigert, 31

Producer and artistic director of She & Her Productions, a nonprofit theater company

Married on Sept. 11, 2009, at a courthouse in Iowa, Tiffany Schweigert and Jennifer Coville-Schweigert say that at its roots, She & Her Productions is all about love: a love of theater, a love of Kansas City and a love for each other.

“It’s so tough on a budget. We love theater. We don’t do it for the glory, the fame or the money. We do it because we genuinely love it,” Jennifer said. “We like to bring the whole community together with the shows that we do.”

Past productions include musicals such as “Next to Normal,” which won three Tony Awards in 2009 and the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2010, and Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night, or What You Will.”

Tiffany is a stay-at-home mom with a busy toddler at the couple’s Merriam home, so she handles all of She & Her’s productions, while Jennifer works as an assistant manager of an apartment community in Overland Park.

The play’s the thing: “A big part of why we do Shakespeare is because they don’t have royalties,” Tiffany said. “The musicals are the most expensive.”

Just Off Broadway: “When you rent a theater you don’t get to be flexible,” Tiffany said.

“I just say, ‘Where are my lights? I am ready to perform!’” Jennifer said.

Romeo and Katniss:

She & Her is kicking off the season with William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet.”

“Expect some surprises,” Jennifer said. Director and friend Jeremy Riggs “has some new aspects he’s teased us about. It’s going to be like a newer ‘Game of Thrones’ with some ‘Hunger Games’ thrown in. He’s wanted to do this for three years.”

Community of support:

“We’ve really downsized,” Tiffany said. “We used to have our own space. We used to do eight shows a season. Last year we did four, and this season it’s two. It’s hard financially and time-wise.”

“In a perfect nonprofit world, you break even,” Tiffany said.

“We really just rely on the support of everyone in the city and the community to put on this nonprofit theater,” Jennifer said.


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