Buy Tickets From the 2016-2017 Season: Romeo and Juliet Playing February 03, 2017 to February 26, 2017

(Note: Sunday Feb 5 performance is at 2pm only. Lunch menu available at 12:45pm)

Hayley Platt and Jacobi Hollingshed

We invite you to join us for our 17th anniversary of performing this play about young lovers, feuding families and one Friar with good intentions.

We are holding an ebay auction for a front-and-center table for two for our special Valentine’s production of Romeo and Juliet (Tues Feb 14, 2017).

The winner of the auction will also receive two tickets to the show, a bottle of wine and complimentary dinner and desserts served at their table.

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Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday February 12 after the show! 


Read the Plot Synopsis

Romeo and Juliet Synopsis

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.

-The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin


Director's Notes

Directed by Mary Ruth Ralston

Show Information

Duration

Act One: 70 minutes (15 minute intermission) / Act Two: 70 minutes

Show Roles

Performances February 3-26, 2017

Dramatis Personae

Juliet - Hayley Platt
Romeo - Jacobi Hollingshed
Mercutio - Kevin Roost
Benvolio - Vinnie Mascola
Tybalt - Jake Guinn
Friar Lawrence - Matt Nitchie
Friar John - J. Tony Brown*
Lord Capulet - Troy Willis*
Lady Capulet - Anja Lee*
Prince - Kevin Roost
Lord Montague - J. Tony Brown*
Lady Montague - Elaine Wadsworth*
Peter - J. Tony Brown*
Paris - Jacob McKee
Nurse - Elaine Wadsworth*
Gregory - Julia Steudle
Sampson - Sean Kelley
Abraham - Jacob McKee
Apothecary - Jake Guinn
Capulet’s Man - Sean Kelley
Balthasar - Julia Steudle
Paris & Tybalt’s Page - Sean Kelley
The Watch - Julia Steudle, Vinnie Mascola, Jake Guinn
Potpan - Julia Steudle
Musician - Matt Nitchie

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Show Times
Shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse 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.
2
 
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.

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