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'Romeo & Juliet' Opens June 1 at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, May 21, 2018 - On June 1, Elena Araoz, a critically acclaimed New York-based director of opera and theater, will bring to life the tragedy of star-crossed lovers Romeo & Juliet at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park.

The production will feature a garage band trio from Omaha, hanging lanterns and streamers in the trees, an ultra-modern and uniquely lit set, and of course, the infamous balcony and a colorful moon for the two teenaged characters. The show, which begins at 8 p.m., is scheduled nightly June 1-24, excluding Tuesdays. Preview performances are scheduled May 30 - 31.

"Romeo and Juliet is such a timely story for today's audiences, both here in St. Louis and beyond," said Elena Araoz, director. "It's all about big love, and how we must take great care of our young people, and remind ourselves every day that our greatest duty is to provide them with a sense of hope for the future - that our identity is not defined by the exclusion of another."

The set, designed by Peter and Margery Spack, is described as "omniperiod," meaning that it has a mix of both contemporary and Shakespearean elements, such as neon lights and a garage door coupled with a "Verona" style brick tower and Italian sign, for example. The set will consist of three layers: "Old Verona" designated by painted brick structures and a faded Italian welcome sign; scaffolding structures that show an attempt for the present community to restore Verona to its glory days; and a layer of unexpected explosions of light and color that represent the love, hope and power the young characters bring to the crumbling and divided community. The set will extend into the audience with a series of lanterns and bistro-style lights that will make the audience feel as if they are sitting on a hilltop in Verona. Costumes worn by the cast will have a classic contemporary look, with Renaissance features, including brocade patterns, floral prints, and doublets.

Show highlights will include an original score by Dust Ensemble, a percussion trio, featuring musicians Daniel Ocanto, Graham Ulicny and Sean Smith, all of Omaha, Nebraska. Araoz most recently worked with the group on a play by Mac Wellman titled, "Chronicles of Madness" at the New York Theatre Workshop. For the St. Louis production, the group will perform on the stage as Verona's resident garage band, playing up to seven instruments, including keyboard and drums.

In addition, a new concession tent will enhance the guest service experience in the park lobby. The new, larger tent will house the gift shop, Will Call, and some concessions. Its location will be moved to the center of the upper lobby area. In addition, the portable restrooms will be scattered throughout the Glen for easier access and convenience.

The four Thursday performances during the production run will be signed for the deaf and hard of hearing. In addition, Mind's Eye Radio will audio describe a performance for the visually impaired; the date will be confirmed later.

The nightly Green Show will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature local musicians, the Bard's Buzz (a synopsis of the play), and roving performers. Free backstage tours will begin at 6:30 p.m. in front of the main stage. A 20-minute mini-play of "Romeo & Juliet" will be performed Thursday through Sunday by the Festival's advanced teen ensemble, the Shakespeare Squadron.

Open lawn seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Premium seating, priced at $10 and $20, can be reserved online starting in early May at, until noon the day of the show, or purchased after 5:30 p.m. in the Glen. Visit for details.

Picnic fare, including sandwiches, snacks, beer, wine, soda, and water are available for purchase, provided by the Saint Louis Zoo. Audiences will be able to purchase Schlafly's Forbidden Ale, available exclusively at the production in Forest Park, as well as at Shakespeare in the Streets (June 15-16). Schlafly is the official beer of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Cash, debit, and credit cards are accepted in Shakespeare Glen.

Reynaldo Piniella and Sigrid Wise will play parts of Romeo and Juliet. Joining them are Festival veterans Gary Glasgow (Friar Laurence, cast member of Festival's original "Romeo & Juliet"), Michael James Reed (Lord Capulet), Cherie Corinne Rice (Lady Capulet), Antonio Rodriguez (Benvolio), and Pete Winfrey (Paris/Prince). Newcomers include Patrick Blindauer (Chorus/Peter/Sampson/Apothecary); Patrice Foster (Lady Montague); Dakota Granados (Tybalt); Karl Hawkins (Balthazar); David Heron (Lord Montague); Jane Paradise (Nurse); Chris Ware (Friar John); and Terrell Wheeler (Mercutio); along with Webster Conservatory students Harrison Farmer and Esmeralda Garza. In addition to the Spacks, creative team members include Dottie Englis (Costumes), John Wylie (Lighting), Rusty Wandall (Sound), Paul Dennhardt (Fight Choreographer), and Joanna Battles (Voice & Text), all of whom worked on previous Festival productions.

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Schedule for 2018
January - April 2018 Mayhem in Mayberry
May - July 2018 Get "Hitched" to a Redneck or Die
August - October 2018 Addams Family Affair
November & December 2018 A Christmas Sleigh-ing

Theatres & Dinner Theatres
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Act, Inc.
4539 Parkview Place, St. Louis, MO

Affton CenterStage Theatre
8309 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO

Bob Kramer's Marionnette Theater
4143 Laclede Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Chesterfield Community Theatre
16464 Burkhardt Place, Chesterfield, MO

524 Trinty Ave., University City, MO

Edison Theatre (Washington University)
Skinker & Forsyth, St. Louis, MO

Fabulous Fox Theatre
527 N. Grand Ave., 314-534-1678

March 2 - 4, Chicago
March 20 - April 1, The Color Purple, The Musical
April 3 - 22, HAMILTON, An American Musical
May 9 - 20, The Phantom of the Opera
May 29 - June 3, The Book of Morman

Floodstage Productions
St. John's Hall, Corner Fifth and Tompkins, St. Charles, MO

Fontbonne College Theatre
6800 Wydown Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Grandel Theatre
3610 Grandel Square
June 8 - 11, Between Worlds: An American Journey

Hawthorne Players
Florissant Civic Center Theatre
One Civic Center, Florissant, MO

Des Lee Auditorium in the Emerson Center
Forest Park, St. Louis, MO

Historic Avon Theatre
535 N. 2nd,
Breese, Illinois

Ivory Theatre
Family Musical Theater
7622 Michigan Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Kirkwood Theatre Guild
Robert G. Reim Theatre in the Kirkwood Community Center
111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood, MO

Kranzberg Arts Center
(Home to HotCity Theatre, Muddy Waters Theatre Company and Upstream Theater)
501 N. Grand Blvd.

Looking Glass Playhouse
301 West St. Louis Street, Lebanon, Illinois

Metro Theater Company
3311 Washington in Grand Center
St. Louis, MO 63101

Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Loretto-Hilton Center, (Webster University)
130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves, MO

Peabody Opera House
1400 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Loretto-Hilton Center, (Webster University)
130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves, MO

Sheldon Concert Hall
3648 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO
314-534-1111 or 1-800-293-5949

St. Louis Black Repertory Company
6662 Olive Blvd, University City, MO 63130

St. Louis Shakespeare Company
Grandel Theatre
3610 Grandel Square, St. Louis, MO

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
5715 Elizabeth Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110

Stray Dog Theatre
The Clayton Little Theatre/Main Stage Auditorium
1 Mark Twain Drive, St. Louis, MO

Theatre Guild of Webster Groves
517 Theatre Lane, St. Louis, MO

The Muny
Forest Park, St. Louis, MO

Closed for the Season

The Playhouse at Westport Plaza
635 Westport Plaza, Maryland Heights, MO

The Village Theatre
6500 Old Missouri Ave/Hwy 163, Centreville, IL

Touhill Performing Arts Center
University of Missouri - St. Louis, One University Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Union Avenue Opera
733 N. Union Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108

West End Players Guild Theatre
733 Union Boulevard, St. Louis, MO

Dinner Theatres
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4426 Randall Place, St. Louis, MO
314-533-9830 or 800-690-9838

Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn
3322 DeMenil Place, St. Louis, MO

Royal Dumpe Dinner Theatre
809 N. Second Street, St. Louis, MO

Ruebel Hotel
217 East Main Street, Grafton, IL

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