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Shore Shakespeare Presents Romeo & Juliet

Shore Shakespeare Presents Romeo & Juliet

Time to dust off that picnic basket, grab a bottle of wine and a blanket and head on over to The Meadow at Adkins Arboretum for Shore Shakespeare’s production of Romeo & Juliet! In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, experience again the timeless tale of the two star-cross’d lovers and their warrings families. Arguably the best-known play of all time, our production of Romeo & Juliet is directed by Shelagh Grasso, who recently directed the critically-acclaimed The Spitfire Grill for Church Hill Theatre. Mrs. Grasso has chosen to set Romeo & Juliet in the 1930′s, with music by George Gershwin and Irving Berlin.

Colin Graves as Romeo and Elizabeth Jones as Juliet anchor an accomplished and experienced cast, which also features the talents of Juanita Wieczoreck as the Nurse, Robbie Spray as Benvolio, Greg Minahan as Mercutio, Brian McGunigle and Margaret Garey as Lord and Lady Capulet, and Chris Rogers as Friar Laurence. Rounding out the cast are Howard Mesick, Andrew Mimms, Chelsea Clough, John Feldman, Patrick Fee, Catharine Jacobs, John and Jane Terebey, and Peter Howell. The Choruses which open Acts One and Two will be presented by drama students at Queen Anne’s County High School.

Technical direction and scene construction are by Carmen Grasso, ably assisted by Chip Whitaker. Lights and sound are designed by Chris Rogers. Rehearsal space has been graciously donated by Symphony Village in Centreville.

Performances of Romeo & Juliet will be held al fresco in The Meadow at Adkins Arboretum on Saturday, May 31st at 6:00 pm and Sunday, June 1st at 3:00 pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic, a bottle of wine, and a blanket or lawn chair. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and Adkins members. Box meals form Lily Pad Cafe in Denton, Maryland, may also be reserved. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Please call the Arboretum directly at 410-634-2847 or visit

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