Romeo and Juliet

Christopher Prentice as Mercutio dies in Romeo and Juliet.

by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Amanda Dehnert
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
2008
C.P. as Mercutio

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a bright spot, along with Christopher Prentice’s wily Mercutio

Chicago Tribune
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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.

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Cast

Tyla Abercrumbie
Lady Capulet
Kareem Bandealy
Chorus/Prince/Balthasar/Apolthecary
Ronald L. Conner
Friar Laurence
Kirsten Fitzgerald
Nurse
Stephen Louis Grush
Romeo
Matt Lukasiewicz
Tybalt
Brandon Miller
Benvolio
Christopher Prentice
Mercutio
Lee Stark
Juliet
Demetrios Troy
Paris
Mick Weber
Lord Capulet
Ethan Deppe
Gregory Hirte
Musicians

E.B. Smith succeeded Ronald L. Conner as Friar Laurence and Galen Hoffman-Murphy succeeded Stephen Louis Grush as Romeo on the tour.

Creative

Amanda Dehnert
Director/Composer
Matt Hawkins
Fight Director
Tom Burch
Scenic Design
Ana Kuzmanic
Costume Design
Ryan Davies
Lighting Design
James Savage
Sound Design
Melissa Veal
Wig and Make-up Design
Rachel Ducat
Stage Manager
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“…a bright spot, along with Christopher Prentice’s wily Mercutio”
— Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune

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