Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival Presents Romeo & Juliet On Campus, Under the Stars – July 23-August 9

July 20, 2015

Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival Presents Romeo & Juliet
On Campus, Under the Stars – July 23-August 9, 2015

romeo-juliet.jpgCapital Classics Theatre Company, in partnership with the Autorino Center, presents Romeo & Juliet, running for three weekends (July 23 through August 9, 2015), outdoors on the grounds of the University of Saint Joseph. Marking the 25th season of the company’s signature Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival, the production runs rain or shine. In case of rain, performances will be held inside the adjacent Hoffman Auditorium.

Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy that’s set “in a world where violence is a virtue and cruelty is currency, and where two loving souls find hope in each other and desperately try to survive,” said Director Geoffrey Sheehan about the play.

Performances of Romeo and Juliet will be held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Capital Classics has built a reputation for making Shakespeare accessible to the thousands of fans who turn out each summer with their family and friends—and picnic baskets—on the grounds of the University of Saint Joseph to enjoy outdoor “Shakespeare under the stars.”

The Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival will also feature the following pre-show entertainment:

  • Every Performance: The Elizabethan Consort singing and free access to visit the USJ art gallery
  • Thursdays: Students participate in the “Youth in Community Arts” program, including:
    • July 23: Mark Twain House and Museum’s “Neighborhood Studios: Write to the Point!”
    • July 30: Hartbeat Ensemble Youth Play Institute
    • August 6: Hartford Stage Company’s Breakdancing Shakespeare: “Hamlet”
  • Fridays: Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop in West Hartford will be selling delicious ice cream
  • Sundays: Learn more about the play at the “Professor Series” with talks by:
    • July 26: Dr. Kara Russell, Central Connecticut State University
    • August 2: Dr. Milla Riggio, Trinity College
    • August 9: Dr. Humphrey Tonkin, University of Hartford

As for the cast, Eric Michael Smith will perform the role of Romeo. Smith just completed the role of Edgar in the feature film of King Lear, directed by Alexander Barnett, and has performed in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, As You Like It and The Merchant of Venice. He received his BFA from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign.

Hartford resident Vanessa Butler will perform the role of Juliet. Butler is a former professional dancer who has most recently acted with Bated Breath Theatre Company, HartBeat Ensemble, Collective Consciousness Theatre Company and Playhouse On Park. She received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.

Key roles in Romeo and Juliet include Aurelia Clunie as Lady Capulet, Tenisi Davis as Paris, Jason Luscier  as Friar Laurence, Alex Montgomery as Tybalt, Michael Nowicki as Lord Capulet, Connor Prickett as Benvolio, Alex Setterini as Mercutio and Laura Sheehan as Nurse. Other cast members include Matthew Bump, Morgan Dean, Brendan Howes, Katherine McLellan, Dallas Palumbo, Jackson Sheehan, Kerry Tattar and James Wilding. Music for the show will also be provided by violinist Jonathan Kane.

The production staff for Romeo and Juliet also includes David Chandler (stage combat), Vivianna Lamb (costume design), Sonia Plumb (choreography) and David Regan (set design).


July 23 through August 9, 2015 || Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. || Sundays at 5:30 p.m.

Held on the grounds of the University of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut. In case of rain, performances will be held inside the adjacent Hoffman Auditorium.

Tickets: $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors (available at the door or at the Frances Driscoll Box office)

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