In Verona, a long-standing rivalry divides two noble families, the Capulets and the Montagues. On a hot, summer day, the two households brawl in the streets. Verona’s prince, Escalus, threatens death to anyone who disturbs the peace again.

Romeo, a Montague, dotes on the un-requiting Rosaline to the point of sadness. His cousin Benvolio and friend Mercutio sneak the young lover into a Capulet ball, hoping to turn Romeo’s eye. There, Romeo and Juliet, daughter of Lord and Lady Capulet, meet. The two immediately fall in love. Father Lawrence, with the help of Angelica, Juliet’s governess, secretly marries them the next day.

Soon after, the hot-tempered Capulet, Tybalt, slays Mercutio in a quarrel. Romeo, avenging his friend, kills Tybalt. Escalus banishes the new groom to Mantua.

After their wedding night, Romeo must leave Juliet. To escape a hastily arranged marriage to the aristocratic Paris, Juliet, on the advice of Lawrence, fakes her death and is entombed by her grieving parents.

Believing his wife dead, Romeo plans to end his life by poison beside her. He accidentally kills Paris outside the Capulet tomb before taking his own life. Juliet briefly revives, but also takes her own life.

Having lost their children, the Capulets and Montagues reconcile.

Run Time: Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.


Jacq Babb Mercutio/Apothecary
Ciara Boyd Sampson
Corin Boyd Balthasar
Camila Calderón Tybalt/John
Eloisa Cardona Lady Capulet
Ethan Davenport Paris
Breezy Diabo Escalus
Zo Eisenbrey Peter
Raymond Lynch Lord Capulet
Donovan Mahannah Benvolio
Lydia Medeiros Angelica
Kellan Oelkers Romeo
Janice Robinson Juliet
Helen Roundhill Lawrence
Tony Salome Lord Montague

Production Team

Jessamyn Bateman-Iino Prop Master
Mary Brennan Assistant Stage Manager
Mary Pat Byrne Stage Manager
Olena Hodges Director
Peggy Juve Costume & Paint Assistant
Chad Kinsman Dramaturg
Raphael Massie Voice & Text Coach
Ray Kathryn Morgen Sound Design
Lily Noto Scenic Paint
Randon Pool Costume Design
Zivia Rich Costume Assistant
Lily Simpson Original Music
Celina Lee Surniak Fight & Intimacy Director
Parmida Ziaei. Scenic Design & Movement


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Underage Romance | Community Violence | Domestic Violence | Suicide (ingested substance, use of a weapon) | Substance use (alcohol, psychedelics, opiates) | Non-Suicidal Self Injury | Parent abandonment | Religious negligence | Poverty | Violence | Toxic masculinity | Murder | Loss & grief | Ceremonial treatment of a corpse | Mental health crisis | Sexual language | Arranged marriage

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