Former Cal Shakes Associate Artistic Director Shana Cooper—fresh from her triumphant production of The Unfortunates at Oregon Shakespeare Festival—returns to the Bruns for the first time since her smash-hit The Taming of the Shrew (2011). “Without hesitation,” wrote Lauren Gunderson in The Huffington Post, “I can say that Cal Shakes’ production of Shrew is a lovely, funny, smartly directed production performed with muscle and wit.” You will not want to. miss her electrifying the love story to end all love stories.
The run time for Romeo & Juliet will be two hours and 20 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.
Please note: This production includes the use of a live fire pit fueled by propane and three torches fueled by nontoxic GAM fuel pellets. There are scenes of graphic violence and one instance of brief rear male nudity.
Shana Cooper - Director
Dan Ostling - Set Designer
Christine Crook - Costume Designer
Lap Chi Chu - Lighting Designer
Paul James Prendergast - Composer
Philippa Kelly - Resident Dramaturg
Nancy Carlin - Vocal/Text Coach*
Dave Maier - Resident Fight Director
Erika Chong Shuch - Movement
Corrie Bennett - Stage Manager*
Laxmi Kumaran - Assistant Stage Manager*
Nina Ball - Associate Set Designer
Aaron Snook - Assistant Director
Krista Smith - Assistant Lighting Designer
Christina Hogan - Production Assistant
Arwen Anderson* - Benvolio, Lady Capulet, Ensemble
Rebekah Brockman* - Juliet
Dan Clegg* - Romeo
Nick Gabriel* - Tybalt, Paris, Ensemble
Dan Hiatt* - Friar, Lord Capulet, Peter, Ensemble
Domenique Lozano* - Nurse, Lady Montague, Prince, Ensemble
Joseph J. Parks* - Mercutio, Apothecary, Ensemble
Ellen & Joffa Dale
Michael & Virginia Ross
Sharon & Barclay Simpson
Erin Jaeb & Kevin Kelly
Frank & Carey Starn
Buddy & Jodi Warner
*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association.
A podcast of a pre-performance Romeo & Juliet Grove Talk, presented by Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly.
Listen to the talk on the Cal Shakes blog here.
Listen to the talk using the player below by pressing the arrow .
“Never was there a story of more wow than Shana Cooper's fresh spin on Romeo & Juliet." —Contra Costa Times
“[Rebekah Brockman as Juliet] is a compact thunderbolt of love-bitten teen energy.... a reminder of how stirring and electric a story it can be." —East Bay Express
“sheer immediacy…terrific clarity…you feel the heat of a sun-baked Verona summer.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“emotionally acute…ferociously romantic.”—Theater Dogs
We understand that every production may not be appropriate for every child or family as we frequently address mature issues, ideas, and themes. We encourage you to consider whether any particular Main Stage production is appropriate for your child, and to be in dialogue with us and your children about the content and/or artistic expression therein.
Romeo and Juliet depicts adolescent love and sexuality in an intense and violent world Our production includes scenes of graphic violence and one instance of brief rear male nudity.
Children under four are not permitted in the Amphitheater as a courtesy to our patrons and artists.