Experience all the passion and drama of true love found—and tragically lost—in this 75-minute abridged production. The feverish intensity of youth explodes on CST's stage in a high-energy, entertaining, family-friendly introduction to Shakespeare on Saturday mornings. Following the performance, audience members are welcome to join the cast for a discussion and photo opportunities in the lobby.
Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Approximate Running Time: 75 minutes (no intermission), plus 15-minute post-show discussion.
Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet is presented in the Jentes Family Auditorium.
Verona crumbles as the hatred of two families ignites its streets. Once more swords clash, and the Prince decrees: if Montague or Capulet again disrupts the peace, lives will answer to the law. That night Lord Capulet hosts a great banquet—among his guests the Count Paris, who seeks the hand of Capulet's daughter Juliet. Hearing of the Capulet feast, the young Montagues decide to attend, uninvited and in disguise, accompanied by Lord Montague's son, Romeo. There, Romeo encounters Juliet and, innocent of one another's name and kin, the two fall in love.
The following morning, Friar Laurence consents to secretly perform the rites of marriage. Their vows just spoken, Romeo is confronted in the street by Capulet's nephew Tybalt, enraged by the Montagues' bold intrusion of the night before. But it is Mercutio who takes up Tybalt's challenge and, as Romeo attempts to break the two apart, Mercutio is slain. In blind fury, Romeo turns upon his bride's cousin, murdering him. The Capulets demand the Montague's death; the Prince instead sentences Romeo to banishment. After a wedding night cloaked in secrecy, Romeo parts from Juliet at daybreak. Moments later Lady Capulet seeks out her daughter with news of Juliet's impending wedding day, all arranged between her father and Count Paris. The Nurse advises her charge to forget her husband and to marry Paris. In torment, Juliet turns to the Friar, whose desperate plan he prays will end in Juliet reunited with her Romeo and the families reconciled. But time—and history—are unrelenting, and as Montague and Capulet vow at last to end the killing, it is a peace purchased with their treasures.