Buy Tickets From the 2019-2020 Season: Romeo and Juliet Playing January 31, 2020 to February 22, 2020

$15 General Admission Preview January 30, 2020
February 2 performance at 2:30pm

Joshua Goodridge, Antonia LaChé

We invite you to join us for our 20th anniversary of performing this play about young lovers, feuding families and one Friar with good intentions.

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Maybe! Please read the information below in order to make that decision for your family or classroom.

Supernatural Elements: Two characters pretend a spiritual conjuration.

Adult Content Advisory: An implied sexual encounter between the title characters, several lascivious sexual jokes and innuendo and kissing between the title characters. The sexual jokes will be physicalized in order to make the language clear and understandable to an audience. No additional language is added from Shakespeare's original text.

Violence Advisory: Multiple deaths due to violence that use blood effects, a scene of domestic violence, several off-stage deaths.

Language Advisory: Hell, damned, sexual use of the word “prick”

On Friday February 7, 2020 ASC’s Kati Grace Brown will be offering a free pre-show fancy wine tasting for anyone coming to see Romeo and Juliet. We will be featuring wines that are typically only available by the bottle at our bars as well as a couple of extra surprise wines not usually available. Tasting will be from 5:45-7:15pm in the Porpentine, our new lobby extension area!

Join the cast and crew members for a lively post show Q&A on Sunday February 9, 2020

Beginning July 2019, our student ticket prices are as follows:
$15 General Admission Tickets on Thursdays
$20 in all sections on Fridays and Sundays
(No student discounts on Saturdays)

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 January 31 - February 22, 2020

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*
Peter - Nicholas Faircloth*
Paris - Patrick Galletta
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
Musician - Patrick Galletta
The Watch - Adam King, Kristin Storla, Gina Rickicki
Friar Lawrence, Gregory, Tybalt’s Page Understudy - J. Tony Brown*
Tybalt and Paris’ Page Understudies - Kaley Pharr, Tamia Fair

*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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