Romeo and Juliet

by Williams Shakespeare  |  directed by Eric Brant  |  assisted by Mary A. Bird

July 11 and 12: Two FREE performances at the Porter Health Amphitheater in Downtown Valpo's Central Park Plaza 

  • 6pm Dining, Beer Tent, Kids stage & more
  • Dusk (approximately 8:30pm) Romeo & Juliet
  • Running Time: approximately 120 minutes 
  • VIP Section including dining vouchers and a CST cooler bag 

July 18-26: Six Ticketed performances at Chicago Street Theatre (Buy Tickets Here)

What would you sacrifice for love? 

Chicago Street Theatre is proud to present Shakespeare’s iconic story of young love cast against the turmoil of an age-long family feud. Be part of this annual summer event as CST once again brings the words of the world’s greatest playwright to life under the stars.

Friday, July 18: Party after the show at Pestos

The Designers:

  • scenic design by Eric Brant
  • lighting design by Marcia Burbage
  • costume design by JoBeth Cruz
  • sound design by Mary A. Bird 
  • original music by Andrew Flasch
  • stage manager: Jonni Pera

The Cast:

  • Sampson (Servant of Capulet household)--Aram Arden
  • Gregory (Servant of Capulet household)--Anthony Majewski
  • Abram (Servant to Montague household)--Auriel Lark Felsecker
  • Benvolio (Montague’s nephew, Romeo’s cousin)--Rodney Thornton
  • Tybalt (A Capulet cousin)--Tim Gleason
  • Capulet (Juliet’s father)--David Pera
  • Lady Capulet (Juliet’s mother)--Daena Sisk
  • Rosaline (Romeo’s infatuation)--Alyssa Rosselli
  • Montague (Romeo’s father)--Donald Beck
  • Lady Montague (Romeo’s mother) Laura Simmons
  • Prince (Prince of Verona, kinsmen to Mercutio)--Troy Yeager
  • Romeo (Son of Montague and Lady Montague)--Tom O’Neill
  • Paris (Kinsmen to the Prince, Juliet’s suitor)--Charlie Scanlon
  • The Nurse (Juliet’s nurse)--Caroline Rau Geldernick
  • Juliet (Daughter of Capulet and Lady Capulet)--Kat Lutze
  • Mercutio (Friend of Romeo, kinsmen to the Prince)--Jason Kaplan
  • Capulet Cousin / Friar John--Tom Osbourn
  • Friar Lawrence (friend to Romeo & Juliet)--Daniel Matern
  • Apothecary / Ensemble--Robyn Rutar
  • Ensemble--Brittany Brice, Auriel Lark Felsecker, Shannon Hahn, Katie Kirk, Rachael Neinast

Synopsis of the Play:

ACT I : Years ago there lived in the city of Verona in Italy two noble families, the Montagues and Capulets. Unfortunately, there existed much bad blood between them. Their animosity was so pronounced that they could not stand the sight of one another. Even the servants of the house carried on the animosity of their masters. 

Romeo, son of old Montague, fancies he is in love with Rosaline, who disdains his love. As a result, Romeo is depressed. To cure him, his friend Benvolio induces him to attend a ball at the Capulets, where he might meet other girls and forget Rosaline. At the ball, Romeo is attracted by a girl who he learns is Juliet, daughter of the Capulets. Juliet, on learning Romeo’s identity, confesses that her only love has sprung from her only hate. Meanwhile, the fiery Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin, recognizes Romeo and challenges him. Old Capulet forbids him to insult or harm any guest. Tybalt vows to settle the score with Romeo later. 

ACT II: That night Romeo lingers beneath Juliet’s balcony. He reveals his presence, and they resolve to be married secretly. Next morning, Juliet sends her Nurse to make arrangements for the wedding to be performed by Friar Lawrence.   

ACT III: Meanwhile, Tybalt has been seeking Romeo to avenge the latter’s intrusion at the ball. He encounters Romeo returning from Friar Lawrence’s place. Romeo, softened by his newfound love and his marriage to Juliet, refuses to be drawn into a quarrel with Tybalt, now his kinsman by marriage. Mercutio grapples with Tybalt and is slain. Aroused to fury by the death of his friend, Romeo fights Tybalt and kills him and takes shelter in the Friar’s cell. The Prince, on hearing of the trouble, banishes Romeo. The Friar advises Romeo to spend the night with Juliet and then flee to Mantua. Meanwhile, Juliet’s parents, believing her grief to be due to her cousin Tybalt’s death, seek to alleviate her distress by planning her immediate marriage to Paris, a kinsman of the Prince. 

ACT IV: In despair, Juliet seeks Friar Lawrence’s advice. He gives her a sleeping potion, which will cause her to appear dead. Thus, on the day of her supposed marriage to Paris, she will be carried to the family vault. By the time she awakens, Romeo will have received a letter summoning him to the tomb and then take her away to Mantua. 

ACT V: The Friar’s letter fails to reach Romeo. When Romeo hears of Juliet’s death, he procures a deadly poison from an apothecary and returns to Verona to die by her side. In the Capulet tomb, Romeo encounters Paris. Paris challenges Romeo, and in the fight that ensues, Paris is killed. Then at Juliet’s side, Romeo drinks the poison and dies. When Juliet awakens from her sleep, she realizes Romeo’s error and kills herself with his dagger. Summoned to the tomb by the aroused watchman, Lord Capulet and Lord Montague ring their hands in anguish. The Prince listens to Friar Lawrence’s story of the unhappy fate of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. He rebukes the Capulets and Montagues for their bloody feud. The Capulets and Montague decide to reconcile as a result of the deaths of their children.