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Shakespeare In The Garden Presents Romeo & Juliet

on April 8, 2019 - 6:19am
SFBG News:
SANTA FE Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
This summer, Shakespeare in the Garden brings perhaps one of the most well-known Shakespeare plays to life: Romeo & Juliet. Produced by Santa Fe Classic Theater, in partnership with the Shakespeare Guild, and directed by Patrick Briggs, this year’s production runs May 31-June 9 at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden.
“[Romeo & Juliet is] one of my favorites; it has this visceral, big emotion that can hardly be contained,” Briggs said.
What better venue to allow that emotion to flourish than an outdoor space? Performances are held in the Berlin Gathering Place amphitheater in the Botanical Garden at Museum Hill, with views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains as the play’s ultimate backdrop.
Each summer, the Botanical Garden at Museum Hill is transformed into an art and performance venue, hosting monthly concerts, an art exhibition, and incredible performances of Shakespeare. The intersection of beautiful botanicals and thought-provoking art is a priority for the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, to not only provide a beautiful backdrop for the arts, but also to the local talent in Santa Fe and the state.
Past productions of Shakespeare in the Garden include The Tempest (2017) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2018). This year’s production is moved from August to June to avoid the rains of the monsoon season, which canceled four of 14 performances in 2018.
  • Romeo  Noah Segard
  • Juliet Alyssa Bonanno
  • Prince Escalus  Miles Blitch
  • Paris  Bear Schacht
  • Capulet  Eric Devlin
  • Montegue  Ken Bordner
  • Mercutio  Hania Stocker
  • Benvolio  Emily Rankin
  • Friar Laurance  Nicholas Kohnen
  • Tybalt  Tyler Nunez
  • Sampson  Veronica Everett
  • Gregory  Evan Dalzell
  • Peter  Corlina Kiernan
  • Abram  Abram Klaassen
  • Apothecary  Ann Roylance                      
  • Lady Capulet  Lisa Foster
  • Nurse  Mary Beth Lindsey
  • Friar John  Evan Dalzell
Performance Details
  • May 31 – Opening Night with “Capulet’s Ball” Reception. 5:30 p.m. Reception, 7 p.m. Performance. $95; and
  • June 1-9 – 7 p.m. Performances. Garden is available for picnicking 5:30-6:30 p.m. $25-$45; $10 students.
Tickets available through For more information or to purchase student handicap seating, call 505.989.7204.
About The Santa Fe Botanical Garden
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden celebrates, cultivates, and conserves the rich botanical heritage and biodiversity of our region. In partnership with nature, we demonstrate our commitment through education, community service, presentation of the arts, and the sustainable management of our Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve and Botanical Garden at Museum Hill. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden currently hosts more than 60,000 visitors and 14,000 youth education engagements each year.
About Santa Fe Classic Theater
Santa Fe Classic Theater is a non-profit theater company whose purpose is to present and promote the works of classic playwrights, from Sophocles to Shakespeare to Shaw, for multi-cultural audiences in New Mexico. Santa Fe Classic Theater is a professional company committed to the highest standards of excellence in theater.