Romeo and Juliet

October 31

December 22, 2019

CST's Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
directed by Barbara Gaines

Spectacular! A fresh, fun, and superlative new look at a classic story


Feels as up-to-date as real life, and as powerful as today’s headlines


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A city, two households, and a hatred so old that no one remembers its cause. Defying the barriers forged from their families’ enmity, Romeo and Juliet risk everything for love. Shakespeare sets his immortal tale against a community uprooted by conflict—as resonant today as it was 400 years ago. Armed only with their extraordinary capacity for love and imagination, Romeo and Juliet dare to inhabit a world where hearts are not ruled by hatred. In the uniquely personal setting of CST’s Courtyard Theater, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and her 25-person cast will make you feel every spark of emotion as tempers flare, families brawl, and love blazes. Book your tickets today for an unforgettable night out at Chicago Shakespeare Theater!



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Critical Acclaim

"Gaines has imbued one the Bard’s most popular, tragic love stories with her magic touch," praises Chicago Theatre Reviews.
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A Conversation with the Director

Barbara Gaines shared her vision for Romeo and Juliet with the cast and CST staff on the first day of rehearsal.
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Playgoer's Guide

Learn about the story and history of Romeo and Juliet, including its origins in print and performance.
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The Players

Creative Team

Barbara Gaines Director

Scott Davis Scenic Designer

Mieka van der Ploeg Costume Designer

Aaron Spivey Lighting Designer

Mikhail Fiksel Sound Designer / Composer

Richard Jarvie Wig and Make-up Designer

Rick Sordelet Fight Director / Intimacy Consultant

Steph Paul Choreographer

Kevin Gudahl Verse Coach

Tyrone Phillips Dramaturg

Enrico Spada Assistant Director

Bob Mason Casting

Nancy Piccione New York Casting

Deborah Acker Production Stage Manager

Cara Parrish Assistant Stage Manager

Cage Sebastian Pierre Associate Fight Choreographer


Amir Abdullah Chief of Police Hakeem

Betsy Aidem Nurse

Brittany Bellizeare Juliet

Bobby Bowman Ensemble

Brianna Buckley Mrs. Montague

Nate Burger Mercutio

Byron Coolie Benvolio

Danielle Davis Petra

Rasell Holt Ensemble

Darlene Hope Friar

Kearstyn Keller Rosaline / Girl / Ensemble

 Mrs. Capulet

James Newcomb Mr. Capulet

Julian Parker Paris

Sam Pearson Tybalt

Cage Sebastian Pierre Romeo

Dale Rivera Mr. Montague

Jaq Seifert Apothecary / Capulet's Mother

Claire Lostutter Ensemble Intern

Maria Clara Ospina Ensemble Intern

Alex Perez Ensemble Intern

Laura Quiñones Ensemble Intern

Zac Richey Ensemble Intern

Madelynn Joy Stuenkel Ensemble Intern

Alejandro Cordoba Understudy

Jeremy Pfaff Understudy


Julia Sismour Understudy

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