From the 2009-2010 Season:
Romeo and Juliet 2010
Playing February 04, 2010 to February 28, 2010
$12 General Admission Performance February 4, 2010
We invite you to join us for our 11th anniversary of performing this play about young lovers, feuding families and one Friar with good intentions. This February, ditch the chocolates and flowers in favor of Pints and Shepherd’s Pie!
Join the cast and crew members for a Question and Answer session on Sunday February 21 after the show!
Read the Plot Synopsis
After a brawl between the rival families of Montague and Capulet (“Two households both alike in dignity”), the Prince threatens with death anyone who “disturbs our streets again”. Romeo, Montague’s heir, masked at a Capulet’s dance, becomes infatuated with Capulet’s daughter, Juliet.
From the garden (Act II) he overhears her avowal (“Take all myself”) as she stands on her balcony and their love scene follows (II.2). Next afternoon Friar Lawrence marries them in secret.
When (Act III) Romeo refuses to fight with Tybalt, a passionate Capulet (who is now his cousin by marriage), the gallant Mercutio takes the challenge himself. He is killed by mischance, and Romeo, enraged, kills Tybalt. In his absence the Prince banishes him; the Friar tells him to stay the night with Juliet and then wait in Mantua until recall is possible (III.3). When Juliet’s father insists that she shall marry a young nobleman, Paris, and she gets no aid from either her mother or her nurse, the Friar (Act IV) gives her an opiate (to take on the following night) that will put her in a death-like trance for “two-and-forty hours”. She will be laid in the Capulet vault; when she wakes, Romeo will be there.
Juliet is duly placed in the vault as dead, but the Friars’ messenger to Mantua miscarries; hearing only of Juliet’s “death” (“Then I defy you, stars!”, Act V), Romeo hastens to the tomb at night and is surprised by Paris whom he kills; in the vault he drinks poison he was bought from a Mantuan apothecary, and dies by Juliet’s side. She wakes as the desperate Friar enters, and on seeing Romeo dead, stabs herself. The Prince and the heads of the families are roused; over the bodies of their children Capulet and Montague are reconciled, and the Prince closes the play: “For never was a story of more woe/Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
-from The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J.C. Trewin
Directed by Laura Cole
Act One - 85 min Act Two - 75 minutes. One 15 minute intermission
Feb 4-28, 2010
Romeo - Lee Osorio*
Juliet - Mary Russell
Mercutio - Daniel Parvis
Benvolio - Nicholas Faircloth
Tybalt - Mike Niedzwiecki
Capulet - Troy Willis*
Capulet’s Lady - Josie Burgin Lawson
Nurse - Jane Bass
Friar Lawrence - Doug Kaye*
Prince - Jeffrey Stephenson
Paris -Matt Felten
Montague - Clarke Weigle
Montague’s Lady - Katie Wine
Sampson - Daniel Parvis
Abram - Daniel Kerr
Peter - Clarke Weigle
Gregory - Doug Kaye*
Balthasar - Daniel Kerr
Friar John - Daniel Parvis
Appothecarie - Katie Wine
The Watch - Katie Wine (1st), Nicholas Faircloth (2nd), Mike Niedzwiecki (3rd)
Tybalt’s man (Petruchio) - Matt Felten
Mercutio’s man - Daniel Kerr
Party Guests - Debbie McGriff, Doug Kaye*, Katie Wine
Potpan - Daniel Kerr
Servants - Matt Felten, Jeffrey Stephenson
Citizens - Mary Russell, Jane Bass
Bardometer RatingHow difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
What does rating this mean?
You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!
A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.