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SANTA FE, NM – 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.

Director Patrick Briggs says, “[Romeo & Juliet is] one of my favorites; it has this visceral, big emotion that can hardly be contained.” 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 we have in Santa Fe and the state.

Past productions of Shakespeare in the Garden have included 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 4 out of 14 performances in 2018.

Cast
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, 2019 – Opening Night with “Capulet’s Ball” Reception. 5:30pm Reception, 7pm Performance. $95.

June 1-9, 2019 – 7pm Performances.  Garden is available for picnicking 5:30-6:30pm. $25-$45; $10 students.

Tickets available through https://www.brownpapertickets.com/. 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.

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