Short Shakespeare!

Romeo and Juliet


February 25

March 25, 2017

at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

by William Shakespeare
adapted and directed by Marti Lyons


The Play

The perfect choice for families or any time-challenged theater fans! The most tragic, beautiful love story in Shakespeare's canon comes alive in this 75-minute abridged production. Verona burns under summer's heat—and the hatred of two families. The Prince decrees: if Montague or Capulet again disrupts the peace, death is the punishment. Against this violent world, Shakespeare sets Romeo and Juliet, a tale of true love found—and tragically lost. The production combines Shakespeare's original verse with dynamic staging to connect young audiences with the chatacters' journeys. Following the performance, the cast remains on stage for a question-and-answer session, then joins the audience in the lobby for conversation and photos. This production will most be enjoyed by those ages 10 and up.



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The Players

Creative Team

Marti Lyons Director / Adapter

Courtney O'Neil Scenic Designer

Mieka Van Der Ploeg Costume Designer

Greg Hofmann Lighting Designer

Mikhail Fiksel Sound Designer

Richard Jarvie Wig & Make-Up Designer

 Fight Choreographer

Steph Paul Choreographer

Kathryn Walsh Verse Coach

Larry Yando Verse Coach

Hannah Todd Assistant Director


Tim Decker Lord Capulet

Brian Grey Mercutio / Friar John

Emma Ladji Juliet

Elizabeth Laidlaw Prince / Apothecary

Andrea San Miguel Benvolio

Patrese D. McClain Lady Capulet

Sam Pearson Tybalt

Cage Sebastian Pierre Balthazar

Andrew L. Saenz Paris

Nate Santana Romeo

Peter Sipla Peter

Demetrios Troy Friar Lawrence

Colleen Madden Nurse

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