From the 2011-2012 Season:
Romeo and Juliet 2012
Playing February 02, 2012 to February 26, 2012
Bonus Performances Thursdays March 1 & 8
We invite you to join us for our 13th anniversary of performing this play about young lovers, feuding families and one Friar with good intentions.
The Main Floor is sold out on Feb 14. We have a special ebay auction for the remaining main floor table for two on Valentine's Day! Click here for more information and to place your bid!!
Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday Feb 12 after the show!
Additional 7:30pm performance Tuesday Feb 14, 2012
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), Rome o 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 Drew Reeves
Act I - 80 min / Act II - 60 min
Juliet - Kelly Criss
Romeo - Matt Felten
Mercutio - Paul Hester*
Benvolio - Brian Mayberry
Tybalt - Daniel Parvis
Friar Lawrence - Jeff McKerley*
Friar John - Doug Kaye*
Lord Capulet - John Curran
Lady Capulet - Mary Saville
Prince - Troy Willis
Lord Montague - Doug Kaye*
Lady Montague - Kirstin Calvert
Peter - Doug Kaye*
Paris - Stephen Hanthorn
Nurse - Josie Burgin Lawson
Abraham - Jeff McKerley*
Gregory - Paul Hester*
Sampson - Stephen Hanthorn
Balthasar - Caleb Z Lawton
Paris’ Page - Brian Mayberry
The Watch - Daniel Parvis, Paul Hester* Kirstin Calvert
Maskers - Jeff McKerley*, Kirstin Calvert, Troy Willis*
Servants - Troy Willis*, Caleb Z. Lawton
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 (though please note that Shakespeare was a bawdy writer, you can’t escape it in any of his plays). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!
We recommend this type of play to families, school-age kids, first-timers to Shakespeare, or anyone who just wants to do something fun on a night off. This type of play is perfect for large groups like birthday parties or special event gatherings.
How to prepare for seeing this kind of play: Just show up! You don’t need to know the play to follow along and enjoy.