Commonwealth Shakespeare Presents Romeo and Juliet at the Strand

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) presents Shakespeare’s universal and timeless love story Romeo & Juliet--at The Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road in Dorchester,  Friday, May 29, 7:30 PM and Saturday, May 30 at 2:00 PM (ASL Interpreted).   All tickets are $5.00.

Romeo and Juliet - Commonwealth Shakespeare CoWorld's Best-Known Love Story

Perhaps the world's best-known story of love against insurmountable odds, Romeo & Juliet takes us to Verona, where a violent feud between rival families, the Montagues and Capulets, shatters the peace of everyday life.

While the escalating feud and bloodshed pushes the city to the brink of martial law, the teenage children of each family, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, discover in each other a forbidden love. 

So consuming and powerful is their love, we imagine it could end the familial strife forever.  Then ill-timed circumstances escalate the conflict, fueling vengeance.  Hasty choices ultimately push Romeo and Juliet to desperate measures.

Relevant to Today's Youth

How is this well-known and tragic story relevant to today's youth?   "The pressures young people face are tremendous," says director Adam Sanders, CSC’s Associate Artistic Director. "But these characters find in their relationship something to believe in, without any doubts, and pursue it with ferocity. It's thoroughly tragic the way that reality consumes them, for what otherwise should be so simple and satisfying."

 "Reading the play as an adult, I'm reminded of all the things that were confusing and challenging for me growing up. How to talk to girls? How to relate to my peers? How to behave 'like a man' (meaning  'adult' and 'male')? How to reconcile my family among others? What I admire about Romeo and Juliet is the sense of clarity and purpose in their actions-that is the thing, I think, that many young people search for the most."

The Debut of CSC2

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is committed to reaching out to young people through their acting skills, ability to relate to audiences of all ages and for the remarkable impact this story can have on audiences especially the youth.

The Strand Theatre's mission is to serve as a cultural and educational resource to artists and audiences regardless of race or cultural background, age, ability, gender, economic level, or sexual orientation. Central to the Strand's mission is the development and implementation of youth arts educations programs. The Strand Theatre has a special commitment to the surrounding communities of Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.

To that end, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is particularly pleased to announce the debut of CSC2:

CSC2 Romeo and Juliet

CSC2 are the actors who will be giving us the story of Romeo and Juliet.  And a variety of other productions will help develop and fine-tune their acting skills including CSC's Free Shakespeare on the Common production of King Lear this summer.

For the community, CSC2 is providing two Romeo and Juliet performances:  Friday, May 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm.  The Saturday performance is designed for a more complete immersion into the arts.  An Open House with tours of The Strand and free workshops starting at 12:30 p.m. All tickets are $5. For more information, visit or call 617-426-0863.

 Six free student matinees are being performed at The Strand for Boston and area schools on: Thursday, May 21; Friday, May 22; Wednesday, May 27; Thursday, May 28;  and Friday, May 29 at 10 a. m., and on Tuesday, May 26 at 11 a.m.

Finally, Romeo and Juliet at the Strand marks the debut of Shakespeare OFF the Common, an innovative three-part arts program designed to foster community interaction, created in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events, and funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant.

Actors and Creative Team

The CSC2 Romeo & Juliet cast features Avery Bargar (Lord Montague/Friar John), Sophia Blum (Lady Capulet), Matt Giampietro (Tybalt/Apothecary), Charlotte Kinder (Juliet), Kelsey Lidsky (Nurse/Prince), Brennan Lowry (Lord Capulet), Chris Olmsted (Peter), Marc Pierre (Benvolio), Eliott Purcell (Romeo), Arisael Rivera (Friar Lawrence), Jacob Rosenbaum (Paris/Samson) and Addison Williams (Mercutio/Apothecary). Photos and Bios
The creative team includes Brynna Bloomfield (Sets), Yo-el Cassell (Movement), Nile Hawver (Fight Choreography), Scott Pinkney (Lights), Adam Sanders (Director) Brooke Stanton (Costumes), Colin Thurmond (Sound), and Victoria Townsend (Assistant Director).
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For more information about CSC and CSC2, please visit

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Posted: May 27, 2015    Nancy J Conrad