Short Shakespeare!

Romeo and Juliet

February 22

March 20, 2024

Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
adapted & directed by Mikael Burke


Short Shakespeare! returns with the tragic romance Romeo and Juliet. Verona burns under summer's heat—and the division of two prominent families. Against a backdrop of violence and an endless cycle of vengeance, Shakespeare sets his tale of young love found—and tragically lost. This 75-minute adaptation, told in Shakespeare's own words, poses the question—can true love survive in a divided community? The production combines Shakespeare's original verse with dynamic staging and a bright, bold 1980s setting to connect young audiences with the characters’ journeys. Following each performance, stay for a free discussion with the entire cast, and mingle with them in the Lobby for informal conversations and photos. Most enjoyed by ages 10 and up.

In addition to the public performances on Saturday mornings, Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet will also play to thousands of students during weekday Team Shakespeare matinees—engaging middle and high school students in Shakespeare through the unmatched power of live performance.

ASL Interpretation: Sat, March 9 11:00 a.m.

Open Captioning: Sat, March 9 • 11:00 a.m.


The Players

Creative Team

Mikael Burke Director

Frankie DiCiaccio Choreographer

Alyssa Mohn Scenic Designer

Gregory Graham Costume Designer

Eric Watkins Lighting Designer

Ethan Korvne Original Music and Sound Designer

Courtney Abbott Intimacy Director

Rachel Flesher Fight Choreographer

Tyler Meredith Verse Coach

Christina Casano Assistant Director

Janelle Smith Costume Design Assistant

Bob Mason Casting Director

Danny Fender Stage Manager

Lucy Whipp Assistant Stage Manager

Gianni Carcagno Production Assistant


Adeoye Prince/Apothecary

Bobby Bowman Gregory/Lord Montague

Ronald L. Conner Lord Capulet

Jack DeCesare Paris/Abraham

Barbara Figgins Nurse

Kenneth La'Ron Hamilton Romeo

Rasell Holt Mercutio

Carolyn Kruse Lady Capulet

Ian Maryfield Tybalt

Felicia Oduh Juliet

Alex Benito Rodriguez Benvolio

Donovan Session Sampson/Peter

Jonah D. Winston Friar Laurence

Bejamin Jenkins Understudy

Diego Longoria Understudy

Carlos Olmedo Understudy

Bradford Stevens Understudy

Pricilla Torres Understudy

Sarafina Vecchio Understudy

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