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

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.



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The Players

Creative Team

Marti Lyons Director / Adapter

Courtney O'Neill Scenic Designer

Mieka Van Ploeg Costume Designer

Greg Hofmann Lighting Designer

Mikhail Fiksel Sound Designer

Richard Jarvie Wig & Make-Up Designer

Matt Hawkins Fight Choreographer

Katy Walsh Verse Coach


Tim Decker Lord Capulet

Brian Grey Mercutio

Emma Ladji Juliet

Elizabeth Laidlaw Print / Apothecary

Andrea San Miguel Benvolio

Lily Mojekwu Lady Capulet

Sam Pearson Tybalt

Cage Sebastian Pierre Balthazar

Andrew Saenz Paris

Nate Santana Romeo

Peter Sipla Peter

Demetrios Troy Friar Lawrence

Karen Janes Woditsch Nurse

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