Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
- Dates: 10/22/2021, 10/23/2021, 10/24/2021, 10/28/2021, 10/29/2021, 10/30/2021, 10/31/2021, 11/4/2021, 11/5/2021, 11/6/2021
- Presenting Organization: Sweet Tea Shakespeare
- Venue: William Peace University Theatre
- Location: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
- Address: 15 E. Peace St., Raleigh, NC 27604
- Phone: 910.420.4383
- Times: Thurs.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm
- Admission: General Admission: $20 advance, $25 at the door; Seniors/Military: $18 advance, $25 at the door; Students: $10 advance, $25 at the door
Shakespeare’s Star-Crossed Romance Takes the Stage in Raleigh
Fayetteville, NC — Sweet Tea Shakespeare, a theatre and music company performing in Fayetteville and Raleigh, continue their fall season with Romeo & Juliet. Shakespeare’s best known romance will perform at the Leggett Theater at William Peace University (15 E. Peace Street, downtown Raleigh) this October. All performances staged in Raleigh will be made available to Fayetteville and global audiences via online streaming.
Assistant Artistic Director Claire F. Martin directs Shakespeare’s best known romance. Set in Verona, Romeo & Juliet tells the story of the Montagues and the Capulets, two families that have been locked in a civil war for decades.When Romeo Montague meets Juliet Capulet, the two dreamers recklessly defy their families and marry in secret, they set off a chain of events that will change Verona forever.
Romeo & Juliet opens October 21st, and plays Thursdays through Sundays until Nov. 6. Performances are at 7:30pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and 2pm on Sundays. Nicholas Tycho Reed and Leslie Castro play Romeo and Juliet respectively. The cast also includes Bryson David Hoff, Mia Sgambellone, George Labusohr, Rebecca Jones, Nat Sherwood, Sean Brosnahan, Elizabeth Galbraith, Simon Kaplan, Benji Jones, and Lu Meeks.
As well as Romeo & Juliet, Sweet Tea’s Raleigh season includes the ambitious King and Country, Richard II and Henry VI, Part One played in repertory by a single company of actors. In May, Martin stars in her own adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma.
Founded in 2012 by Jeremy Fiebig, Sweet Tea Shakespeare has built its reputation on presenting plays unconventionally, with a live radio show-style concert before the play starts, live music throughout the show, and simple, elemental, interactive staging. STS is centered in Fayetteville and typically performs outdoors under the Carolina stars, but has ventured to Raleigh and the Triangle metro area in recent years for productions of King Lear (jointly produced with Honest Pint Theatre Company), Macbeth, As You Like LIT (part of its LIT drunk Shakespeare series), and others. In 2020, they pivoted to digital performance, presenting a series of audio dramas via The Sweet Tea Shakespeare Hours podcast as well as streaming live and recorded performances. As they expand their footprint to include Raleigh, Sweet Tea Shakespeare will use this experience to offer performances digitally to both Raleigh and Fayetteville audiences and beyond.
Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s 2021-2022 season would not be possible without the support via a generous grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. Additional season partners include The Capitol Encore Academy, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, William Peace University, Homelight, Paris & Potter Management, and Napkins.
Sweet Tea productions are supported by members of Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s young companies, Green Tea and Little Green Tea. Students attend rehearsals with professional and community artists, participate as understudies, apprentices, junior cast members, crew, front of house operators, and more. More information can be found at SweetTeaShakespeare.com/Green-Tea.