Short Shakespeare!

Romeo and Juliet

February 24

March 16, 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 a profound question—can true love survive in a divided community? The production combines Shakespeare's original verse with dynamic staging to connect young audiences with the characters’ journeys.

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.

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