Buy Tickets From the 2018-2019 Season: Romeo and Juliet Playing February 01, 2019 to February 24, 2019

A Suzi Bass Awards Recommended Show

Joshua Goodridge, Antonia LaChé (Photo by Daniel Parvis)

We invite you to join us for our 19th anniversary of performing this play about young lovers, feuding families and one Friar with good intentions.

Romeo and Juliet contains graphic Elizabethan poetry of a lascivious nature performed by professional actors whose job it is to make it clear.

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday February 10 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 Andrew Houchins

Show Information


Act One: 75 minutes
15 minute intermission
Act Two: 60 min
Show will end around 10pm / 9pm Sundays

Show Roles

Performances February 1-24, 2019

Dramatis Personae

Juliet - Antonia LaChé
Romeo - Joshua Goodridge
Mercutio - Kristin Storla
Benvolio - Adam King
Tybalt - Mary Ruth Ralston
Friar Lawrence - Paul Hester*
Friar John - Kristin Storla
Lord Capulet - Vinnie Mascola
Lady Capulet - Olivia Dawson*
Prince - Kenny Petroski
Lord Montague - Nicholas Faircloth*
Lady Montague - Patty de la Garza
Peter - Nicholas Faircloth
Paris - Patty de la Garza
Nurse - Gina Rickicki
Gregory - Paul Hester*
Sampson - Gina Rickicki
Abraham - Kristin Storla
Apothecary - Adam King
Balthasar - Kenny Petroski
Tybalt’s Page - Paul Hester*
Paris’ Page - Mary Ruth Ralston
The Watch - Adam King, Kristin Storla, Gina Rickicki
Montague Servant - Antonia LaChé
Montague & Peter Understudy - Danielle Hopkins

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

Show Times
In general, 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.
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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