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The most famous love story in the world and one of Shakespeare’s early poetic masterworks, Romeo & Juliet follows two star-crossed lovers from love at first sight to eternal life hereafter. Caught tragically between two feuding families, alike in dignity and in enmity, Shakespeare’s immortal young lovers try to fashion a new world amid the violence of the old, but cataclysmic choices and tragic twists propel them toward a final confrontation with fate.


Performances run August 21 through September 02.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.





 

All artists and dates subject to change.



Romeo & Juliet

Aug 21 - Sep 02

by William Shakespeare
directed by Alan Paul

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The Performers
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  • Romeo: Sam Lilja
    Sam Lilja
    Romeo
    Romeo
    Sam Lilja

    STC: The Winter’s Tale (Florizel). NEW YORK: Broadway: The Iceman Cometh (Don Parritt, Willie Oban u/s); Off-Broadway: 59E59: Acolyte. REGIONAL: Two River Theater: The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon); Dallas Theater Center: Clarkston (Chris). FILM: TribeLincoln in the BardoThe Drowning. TELEVISION: BillionsAlmost There. OTHER: Dialect Coaching: Film: The Sunlit Night, The Hustle, Humor Me; Television: New Amsterdam, Madam Secretary, Elementary, Blindspot. TRAINING: The Juilliard School. WEB: SamLilja.com.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Juliet: Danaya Esperanza
    Danaya Esperanza
    Juliet
    Juliet
    Danaya Esperanza

    NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Esperance: Breitwisch Farm (Zainabu); NYTW: Mary Jane (Amelia/Kat), Othello (Emilia u/s); The Public Theater: Twelfth Night (Viola); Playwrights Horizons: Men on Boats (Seneca Howland/The Bishop); Clubbed Thumb: Men on Boats (Seneca Howland/The Bishop); Soho Rep: Washeteria (Lucy/Consuela); Signature Theatre: Our Lady of Kibeho (Schoolgirl). REGIONAL: McCarter Theatre: Protect the Beautiful Place (Symphony); Goodman Theatre: Another Word for Beauty (Luzmery). FILM: After Party. TELEVISION: The Blacklist, Elementary. TRAINING: The Juilliard School (Raúl Juliá Memorial Scholarship in Drama).

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Mercutio: Jeffrey Carlson
    Jeffrey Carlson
    Mercutio
    Mercutio
    Jeffrey Carlson

    STC: Romeo & Juliet (Emery Battis Award Winner), Hamlet (2007), Lorenzaccio (title roles). NEW YORK: Broadway: The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?; Taboo (Drama Desk Award nomination); Roundabout Theatre Company: Tartuffe; Off-Broadway: Cherry Lane Theatre: Psycho Therapy; Theatre for a New Audience: Antony and Cleopatra; New York Theatre Workshop: Bach at Leipzig; Daryl Roth Theatre: Manuscript; MCC Theater: Last Easter; Signature Theatre Company: Thief River. REGIONAL: Yale Repertory Theatre: Cymbeline (Iachimo), Richard II (title role); Goodman Theatre: Measure for Measure (Lucio), Stage Kiss; Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Edward II (title role), Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 (Prince Hal, also at the Royal Shakespeare Company); McCarter Theatre Center: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Candida; Charlotte Repertory Theatre: The Miracle Worker; Paper Mill Playhouse: The Importance of Being Earnest; Philadelphia Theatre Company/Kennedy Center: Golden Age; Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference and the Cape Cod Theatre Project. FILM: Hitch, The Killing Floor, Backseat. TELEVISION: All My Children (ABC, contract role as Zoe), Plainsong (CBS, Hallmark Hall of Fame), Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC), The View (ABC). AWARDS: Recipient of the 2004 Marian Seldes/Garson Kanin Fellowship, and a Beinecke Fellow in 2007 and 2016. TRAINING: The Juilliard School; the University of California, Davis; Guthrie Theater.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Benvolio: Sebastian Chacon
    Sebastian Chacon
    Benvolio
    Benvolio
    Sebastian Chacon

    NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: The Playwrights Realm: The Rape of the Sabine Women by Grace B. Matthias; The Public: Twelfth Night, Romeo y Julieta; Other New York: UglyRhino: Okay. NATIONAL TOURS: Don Quixote de La Mancha. FILM: Puzzle (Sony Pictures Classics). TELEVISION: Pose, Narcos, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Gotham, Mr. Robot, and many others. TRAINING: NYU Tisch School of the Arts: BFA in Drama.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Friar Laurence: Ron Menzel
    Ron Menzel
    Friar Laurence
    Friar Laurence
    Ron Menzel

    STC: Romeo & Juliet. NEW YORK: Broadway: Booth Theatre: Les Liaisons Dangereuse; Hudson Theatre: Parisian Woman. REGIONAL: Ten Thousand Things: Forget Me Not When Far Away, The Furies, Antigone, The Tempest, Red Noses; Jungle Theatre: Macbeth, Orson Welles Rehearses Moby Dick, Constellations; Guthrie Theatre: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide...(World Premiere), Pericles, A View from the Bridge, Merchant of Venice, Edgardo Mine, Hamlet, Othello; Geva Theatre Center: Freud's Last Session, A Midsummer Night's Dream; City Theatre: Fair Game, Outside Mullingar; Philadelphia Theatre Company: Baskerville; Mixed Blood Theatre: Elemeno Pea, Poetry of Pizza; South Coast Rep: In the Next Room; Huldufolk Theatre: W.A.S.P. FILM: Imprisoned, #Trending, Crypto, Vernie, New World Symphony. TELEVISION: Blindspot, Elementary, Forever, Numbers.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Nurse: E. Faye Butler
    E. Faye Butler
    Nurse
    Nurse
    E. Faye Butler

    NATIONAL TOURS: Mamma Mia, Ain’t Misbehavin, Nunsense, Dinah Was, Don’t Bother Me. REGIONAL: D.C. Area: Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Harmon Hall, Olney Theatre; Other: Baltimore Center Stage, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Fulton Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, The Muny, Chicago Children’s Theatre. INTERNATIONAL: Performed with the Washington Ballet in La Habana, Cuba performing Blues Till June (songs of Etta James); Concert performances in Europe. In February 2019, performing with the Hong Kong Ballet in China. AWARDS: Recipient of seven Joseph Jefferson, two Helen Hayes, four Black Theatre Alliance, RAMI Award, John Barrymore Award, Excellence in the Arts, After Dark, Ovation, Kathryn V. Lampkey, Sarah Siddons Leading Lady, Black Excellence, Guy Adkins, 2016 Rosetta Le Noire, Lunt-Fontaine Fellow. OTHER: Concerts: E. Faye has a CD entitled “Circle of Firsts.” She performs across the country in concert, cabaret, club and theatre venues with her big band EFO Orchestra. Upcoming Theatre: Fall 2018 Mama Rose in Gypsy, Porchlight Music Theatre; Winter/ Spring 2019 in Sophisticated Ladies at Fulton and Maine State Music Theatre. WEB: E-FayeButler.com.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Paris: Thomas Keegan
    Thomas Keegan
    Paris
    Paris
    Thomas Keegan

    STC: The School for Lies (u/s Frank, Philinte). REGIONAL:  Arena Stage: Watch on the Rhine. Round House Theatre: Angels in America Parts 1 & 2 (Joe Pitt), Fool for Love (Eddie). Ford’s Theatre: Glass Menagerie Gentleman Caller). Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Women Laughing Alone with Salad, Zombie: The American. Theater J: Body of an American. Signature Theatre: Dying City. Folger Shakespeare Theatre: Othello, Taming of the Shrew. Constellation Theatre: Lieutenant of Inishmore. TELEVISION: PBS Films’ Madeleine (Suthill), VEEP, Madame Secretary, AMC’S TURN: WASHINGTON’S SPIES (Ensign Baker). TRAINING: MFA Academy for Classical Acting.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Escalus: Craig Wallace
    Craig Wallace
    Escalus
    Escalus
    Craig Wallace

    STC: Affiliated Artist; Numerous productions including Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2; The Government Inspector; Romeo and Juliet; Julius Caesar; Antony and Cleopatra; Tamburlaine; Edward II. REGIONAL: Ford’s Theatre: A Christmas Carol (Scrooge, recurring), Death of a Salesman, The Laramie Project, Our Town, Necessary Sacrifices, Sabrina Fair, Jitney; Round House Theatre: Master Harold and the Boys,  Permanent Collection, Tabletop, The Little Prince; Folger Theatre:  Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, Cyrano, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello in Othello, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure; Arena Stage: All the Way, The Great Society, K2, All My Sons, The Great White Hope, Hot-n-Throbbing; Woolly Mammoth: Botticelli in the Fire, The Last Orbit of Billy Mars, Tommy J & Sally, Our Lady of 121st Street, Starving; Signature Theatre: Angels in America, Parts 1&2 (Helen Hayes nomination for Part 2); Milwaukee Repertory Theater; Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Actor’s Theatre of Louisville; Shakespeare Santa Cruz; Hangar Theatre. TRAINING: Howard University: BFA; Pennsylvania State University: MFA; Royal National Theatre, London.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Lady Capulet: Judith Lightfoot Clarke
    Judith Lightfoot Clarke
    Lady Capulet
    Lady Capulet
    Judith Lightfoot Clarke

    STC: Romeo & Juliet. NEW YORK: Broadway: Manhattan Theatre Club: Linda, Casa Valentina; Off-Broadway: St. Clement’s: Three Travelers; Public Theatre: The Normal Heart; Carnegie Hall: Anyone Can Whistle; Cherry Lane Theatre: Eve-olution; Variety Arts: Communicating Doors; York Theatre: Sacrifice to Eros. REGIONAL: Arden Theatre Company: Macbeth; Shakespeare in Clark Park: Coriolanus; Merrimack Repertory Theatre: God of Carnage, The Homecoming, Boston Marriage, Three Days of Rain; Old Globe: Hayfever; Alley Theater: Misalliance; Ivoryton Playhouse: The Graduate; Wilma Theater: Cloud 9; Interact: Three Christs of Manhattan; Cincinnati Playhouse: Closer, ToKill A Mockingbird. FILM: How to Be Single, Killer. TELEVISION: Madame Secretary, Unforgettable, Forever, Outlaw, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, What Goes On. TRAINING: The College of William & Mary, Virginia.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Capulet: Timothy D. Stickney
    Timothy D. Stickney
    Capulet
    Capulet
    Timothy D. Stickney

    STC: As You Like It (Duke Frederick/Duke Senior), Troilus and Cressida (Achilles). NEW YORK:, New York State Theatre Institute: Macbeth (Macbeth); Take Wing and Soar: Hamlet (Hamlet; AUDELCO nominated); TWAS: Richard III (Richard); Africa Arts: Othello (Othello); Theatre for a New Audience: King Lear (Kent, w/ Michael Pennington); Public Theater: King Lear (Oswald, w/ Kevin Kline); NYSF/Central Park's Delacorte: Romeo and Juliet (Prince Escalus). REGIONAL: Chicago Shakespeare: Macbeth (Macduff), Shakespeare In Love (Burbage); St Louis Repertory: Macbeth (Macbeth); Seattle Rep: Twelfth Night (Orsino); The Old Globe: Macbeth (Banquo); Hartford Stage: Merchant of Venice (Lorenzo). INTERNATIONAL: Stratford Shakespeare Festival: The Tempest (Sebastian), Caesar and Cleopatra (Pothinus, both w/ Christopher Plummer filmed for feature release), Macbeth (Banquo), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Theseus), Henry V (Exeter), Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt). TELEVISION: RJ Gannon on One Life to Live for 13 years.  AWARDS: 4 nominations for NAACP Image Awards; Soap Opera Digest Best Villain 2001.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Montague: Gregory Wooddell
    Gregory Wooddell
    Montague
    Montague
    Gregory Wooddell

    STC: Affiliated Artist; Hamlet, Othello (2017), The School for Lies, Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, The Merchant of Venice, Cyrano, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Othello (2005), The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night, The Country Wife, Don Carlos, Richard II, The Comedy of Errors. NEW YORK: Broadway: The Lyons, Cymbeline; Off-Broadway: Vineyard Theatre: Nicky Silver’s The Lyons (World Premiere); Encores! at City Center: Girl Crazy; Red Bull Theater: Volpone; Clurman Theatre: Splitting Infinity. REGIONAL: Arena Stage / McCarter Theatre Center: Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (Sherlock Holmes; World Premiere); Philadelphia Theatre Company: Terrence McNally’s Some Men (World Premiere); Huntington Theatre Company: David Grimm’s Miracle at Naples (World Premiere); Signature Theatre: Cabaret; Chicago  Shakespeare Theater: Henry VIII (Henry VIII); Mark Taper Forum: School of Night; Round House Theatre: Stage Kiss, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Bay Street Theater: Dissonance; Alley Theatre: Gross Indecency; Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis: Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III; Shakespeare on the Sound: Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. TELEVISION: Person of Interest, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, Third Watch, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Days of Our Lives. TRAINING: The Juilliard School.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Lady Montague: Lise Bruneau
    Lise Bruneau
    Lady Montague
    Lady Montague
    Lise Bruneau

    STC: Hamlet, Othello (Emilia, 2005), The Winter’s Tale (Hermione, 2002), Coriolanus, Ion, An Ideal Husband. BROADWAY: The Cherry Orchard (with Diane Lane). REGIONAL: Arena Stage: Watch on the Rhine (with Marsha Mason), Mother Courage (with Kathleen Turner), Legacy of Light; Round House Theatre: This, My Name is Asher Lev, The Book Club Play; Theater J: Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Broken Glass (Sylvia), Brighton Beach Memoirs; Denver Center: Heartbreak House (Hesione); Cleveland Playhouse: Diary of Anne Frank; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: The Revolutionists (Olympe); Alabama Shakespeare Festival: Wars of the Roses (Margaret of Anjou); Baltimore Center Stage: Mary Stuart, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Blithe Spirit; Old Globe: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Merry Wives of Windsor; American Conservatory Theater: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Angels in America. AWARDS: Henry Award, BATCC 3 Outstanding Lead Awards. OTHER: Member of D.C.’s Taffety Punk Theatre Co. and director: Riot Grrrl Shakespeares (Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet), Oxygen, Bloody Poetry, The Devil in His Own Words. Director: MetroStage: Savage in Limbo; Clarence Brown Theatre: 4000 Miles; Nebraska Shakespeare Festival: Hamlet. TRAINING: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Tybalt: Paul Deo, Jr.
    Paul Deo, Jr.
    Tybalt
    Tybalt
    Paul Deo, Jr.

    STC: Twelfth Night. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Public Theater: Troilus & Cressida. REGIONAL: Baltimore Center Stage: Les Liaisons Dangereuses. TRAINING: NYU - Tisch: MFA in Acting; Wesleyan University: BFA in Acting.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Friar John: John Keabler
    John Keabler
    Friar John
    Friar John
    John Keabler

    STC: Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2. REGIONAL: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey: Merchant of Venice, A Winter’s Tale, Richard III, It’s a Wonderful Life; Contemporary American Theatre Festival: A Late Morning in America (one person show as Ronald Reagan); Perseverance Theatre: Cyrano de Bergerac; Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival: As You Like It, The Three Musketeers; Syracuse Stage: To Kill a Mockingbird; The Old Globe: Romeo and Juliet, Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet,  Measure for Measure, In This Corner (world premiere); Portland Stage Company: Arsenic and Old Lace; Virginia Stage Company: K2; Florida Studio Theatre: The Columnist (regional premiere); Creede Repertory: Crazy For You, Light Up the Sky. FILM: Sugar (starring Alice Ripley), Faith, Love and Whiskey. TELEVISION: Madam Secretary30 Rock, NASCAR: The Rise of American SpeedThe Men Who Built America, All My Children. TRAINING: The Old Globe. WEB: JohnKeabler.com.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Sampson: Elan Zafir
    Elan Zafir
    Sampson
    Sampson
    Elan Zafir

    STC: Othello (2017 FFA and mainstage), Romeo & Juliet, Salomé. NEW YORK: New York International Fringe Festival: Leaf in the Mailbox (Best Ensemble Award); Riant Theatre: This Is Your Life; Wings Theater: Raft of the Medusa; Greenwich Street Theatre: Romeo and Juliet; Lookingglass Theatre Company: Cardboard Moon. REGIONAL: Capital Fringe 2018: The Unaccompanied Minor (upcoming); Mosaic Theatre: The Vagrant TrilogyPaper Dolls; Arena Stage: Junk: The Golden Age of Debt (upcoming); The Kennedy Center: How to Catch a Star (upcoming); Ford's Theatre: Ragtime, Twelve Angry Men (upcoming); Folger Theatre: Way of the World;  Adventure Theatre: Jumanji ; Signature Theatre: Tender Napalm; The Welders: Happiness (and other reasons to die); Rep Stage: Venus in Fur; Capital Fringe: Ben & Lucille. INTERNATIONAL: Edinburgh Fringe Festival: The Unaccompanied Minor. TELEVISION: The Making of the Mob (AMC), House of Cards (Netflix). AWARDS: 2 Helen Hayes Awards, Outstanding Ensemble in a Play (Salomé, Ragtime).


    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Ensemble: Brian Reisman
    Brian Reisman
    Ensemble
    Ensemble
    Brian Reisman

    STC: Othello (mainstage and 2017 FFA), The Taming of the Shrew. REGIONAL: Folger Theatre: As You Like It, King John (upcoming)Round House Theatre: I’ll Get You Back Again; Constellation Theatre Company: The Caucasian Chalk Circle; Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: The Winter’s TaleThe TempestThe Arabian NightsA Midsummer Night’s Dream; Delaware Shakespeare Festival: The Comedy of Errors; Olney Theatre Center: Once (upcoming). WEB: Brian-Reisman.com.

  • Ensemble: Emilia Brown
    Emilia Brown
    Ensemble
    Ensemble
    Emilia Brown

    National Tour: Pippin (Berthe/Swing, Catherine u/s), Cruise line: Royal Caribbean (singer, dancer). REGIONAL: Oklahoma! (ensemble); Ogunquit Playhouse: Cats (Sillabub), The Music Man (Ensemble), Anything Goes (Angel), Les Misérables (Eponine/Fantine u/s); Prather Entertainment: Country Roads (Swing, Dance Captain); RWS & Associates. OTHER: Voiceover (swedish): Sonny with a Chance (Tawni), Viva High School Musical (Gabriella) Disney Channel. Emilia has 12 years of TeamGym experience and has competed on a national level in Sweden.

  • Ensemble: Andrew Thornton
    Andrew Thornton
    Ensemble
    Ensemble
    Andrew Thornton

    AWARDS: KCACTF Region 7 (Northwest) winner for Irene Ryan's scholarship. TRAINING: University of Wyoming: BFA in Musical Theatre. 




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