Short Shakespeare!

Romeo and Juliet

February 23

March 23, 2013

in CST's Courtyard Theater

directed and adapted by Rachel Rockwell

Love smashes up against the grown-ups' cold, transactional view of marriage with razor-sharp clarity

Chicago Tribune


The Play

Verona burns under summer's heat—and the hatred of two families. The Prince decrees: if Montague or Capulet again disrupts the peace, lives will answer to the law. Violence stains Verona's streets. Against this horror, Shakespeare sets Romeo and Juliet, a tale of true love found—and tragically lost—within an endless cycle of hate. This 75-minute adaptation, told in Shakespeare's own words, speaks to today's youth about their own lives. After the performance, audiences are welcome to join the cast for a post-show discussion.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.



Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet

Video: Rachel Rockwell on Romeo and Juliet


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Interview with Director Rachel Rockwell

Exploring the play through the eyes of the director.
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Interview with Fight Choreographer Matt Hawkins

Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet Fight Choreographer discusses violence on the stage.
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Love at First Sight

The actors of Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet on love at first sight.
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The Players

Creative Team

Rachel Rockwell Director

Scott Davis Scenic Designer

Theresa Ham Costume Designer

Greg Hofmann Lighting Designer

Ethan Deppe Composer

James Savage Sound Designer

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up Designer

 Fight Choreographer


Christopher Allen Romeo

Samuel Ashdown Tybalt

Lynn Robert Berg Lord Montague/Friar Laurence

Kamal Angelo Bolden Prince Escalus/Paris

Jeb Burris Mercutio

Melissa Carlson Lady Capulet

Alejandro Cordoba Sampson

Kurt Ehrmann Lord Capulet

Maureen Gallagher Nurse

Tim Gittings Peter/Friar John

Nicholas Harazin Benvolio

Laura Rook Juliet

Christopher Sheard Balthazar/Apothecary

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