Buy Tickets From the 2010-2011 Season: Romeo and Juliet Feb 2011 Playing February 03, 2011 to March 06, 2011

Kelly Criss, Matt Felten

Featuring Matt Felten and Kelly Criss

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.

Want tickets to the sold out performances on Saturday Feb 12 or Monday Feb 14? The only place to get the two remaining tables is here.

Watch a short video interview with our new Juliet, Kelly Criss here.

Join the cast and crew for a Q&A on Sunday February 13 after the show!


Read the Plot Synopsis

Romeo and Juliet Synopsis
-Adapted for this production from The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin

After a brawl between the rival families of Montague and Capulet, the Prince threatens with death anyone who “disturbs our streets again.” Romeo, Montague’s heir, masked at a Capulet dance, becomes infatuated with Capulet’s daughter, Juliet. From the garden he overhears her avowal as she stands on her balcony and their love scene follows. Next afternoon Friar Lawrence marries them in secret.

When 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. 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 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 Friar’s messenger to Mantua miscarries; hearing only of Juliet’s “death”, Romeo hastens to the tomb at night and is surprised by Paris whom he kills; in the vault he drinks poison he has 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.


Director's Notes

Directed by Drew Reeves

Show Information

Duration

Act One - 80 min / Act Two - 60 min

Show Roles

Juliet - Kelly Criss
Romeo - Matt Felten
Mercutio - J.C. Long*
Benvolio - Brian Mayberry
Tybalt - Daniel Parvis
Friar Lawrence - Jeff McKerley*
Friar John - William S. Murphey*
Lord Capulet - John Curran
Lady Capulet - Mary Saville
Prince - Matt Nitchie
Lord Montague - William S. Murphey*
Lady Montague - Rachel Frawley
Peter - William S. Murphey*
Paris - Jonathan Horne
Nurse - Josie Burgin Lawson
Abraham - Jeff McKerley*
Gregory - J.C. Long*
Sampson - Jonathan Horne
Balthasar - John Stephen King
Paris’ Page - Brian Mayberry
The Watch - Daniel Parvis, J.C. Long*, Rachel Frawley
Maskers - Jeff McKerley*, Rachel Frawley, Matt Nitchie
Servants -Rachel Frawley, Matt Nitchie, John Stephen King

Show Times
Shows at the New American Shakespeare Tavern begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm

Bardometer Rating

How difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
4
 
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.

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