Romeo and Juliet

June 3-19, 2022

Thursdays – Sundays at 7:00pm
Willow Street Park, San José, CA

“Did my heart love till now?”

A romance for the ages ignites when the passionate Romeo and Juliet meet. But with hatred and disapproval dividing their families, can their love find its way? Shakespeare holds the mirror up to life as we see the tragic consequences of choices fueled by hate. Silicon Valley Shakespeare presents this iconic pair as a female couple, showing the tragedy of these star-crossed lovers still rings true today and that #loveislove.

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Tonya Mara

Rated PG for Parental Guidance

This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.

Special Nights

Season Reopening Party
Saturday, June 4
4:30-6:30 PM

Join us for a free season-opening celebration with a food truck, free activities for all ages, and prizes! Then stay to watch and enjoy our free production of Romeo and Juliet.

Blind + Low-vision Accessibility Night
Sunday, June 12

In collaborative partnership with Vista Center, this performance will include a special pre-show program designed for patrons who are blind or have low vision, to meet and greet the actors, learn about their costumes, get acquainted with the venue, and be well-prepared to thoroughly enjoy the show. Additionally, concierge ushers specially trained to assist Blind/low-vision patrons will be available, offering physical assistance through a crowd, providing priority access in lines, and delivering concessions orders.

Deaf + Hard-of-hearing Accessibility Night
Thursday, June 16

This performance will be ASL-interpreted! Additionally, ushers who use ASL will be available and complimentary scripts will be provided at the box office, on loan nightly, for hard-of-hearing patrons.

Pride Night
Saturday, June 18 @ 6:30 PM

Enjoy a pre-show dance party for the audience before the show and wear your LGBTQIA+ swag to show your Pride and allyship!

Meet the Cast

Romeo … Melinda Marks
Juliet … April Culver
Capulet … James Lucas
Lady Capulet … Gabriella Goldstein
Nurse … Barbara Heninger
Mercutio … Doll Piccotto
Tybalt … Jeremy Ryan
Benvolio … Keenan Flagg
Friar Lawrence … Valerie Singer
Montague/Friar John … Greg Small
Lady Montague/Apothecary … Elizabeth McClelland
Paris … Kyle Dayrit
Prince/Peter … Heren Patel
Balthasar/Gregory/Rosaline … Erin Southard
Sampson/1st Watch … Cameron Miller
Abram/Page … Ronnie Misra

Safety Requirements

Silicon Valley Shakespeare prioritizes the safety of our artists and patrons, and we are committed to doing our part to stop the spread of the coronavirus. In 2022, we are requiring all of our actors, designers, and other staff to be fully vaccinated.

Our free Shakespeare productions at Willow Street Frank Bramhall Park take place in an open grass area outdoors, with no permanent or set seating. Patrons choose their seating with picnics blankets, lawn chairs, etc. and seating is open to anyone. Therefore we request that patrons:
• Are fully vaccinated
• Sit at least 6 feet away from other groups
• Wear a mask, if within 6 feet of other patrons who are not in your party

Please note that we will continue to monitor local COVID safety requirements and recommendations and will update our guidelines accordingly.


What time are the performances?

7pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

How long is the performance?

Approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.

How much are tickets?

Productions at Willow Street Park are FREE to the public, thanks to our generous sponsors.

The actors will pass the hat at the end of each performance for those who can and wish to make a donation. The suggested donation is $10 per adult. Checks can be made out to Silicon Valley Shakespeare.

What is the seating like?

Willow Street Park features a grassy bowl on which to place a blanket or low-backed chair. The lower-center area is blankets-only; low-backed chairs can be used farther up the hill. Chairs over 25 inches high are allowed in the rear and on the sides.

We suggest that you bring your own chairs and blankets, though blankets are available for rent in the concession stand. Those of you in our Donors Circle enjoy free blanket and cushion rentals.

Is the seating reserved?

Seating is not reserved and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Feel free to arrive early and claim your seats with a blanket and enjoy a picnic in the park. A special section in the middle is reserved for certain levels of our Donors Circle .

Where can we park?

Willow Street Park has a small parking lot, and street parking surrounding the park. Additional parking is available in the neighborhood. Please be considerate of our neighbors when parking.

Can I get to the park by public transportation?

We encourage you to use public transportation. Willow Street Park is near VTA Local Bus Routes 25 and 63 and Express Bus Line 103, and the Virginia Light Rail Station and the Tamien CalTrain Station. See the public transportation schedules.

Can I drop my child off at the park and pick him or her up after the show?

Yes. However, Silicon Valley Shakespeare is not responsible for any unattended children.

Are the plays appropriate for children?

We provide entertainment for the entire family, and our free park productions are intended to be family friendly. There is graphic content inherent in many of Shakespeare’s works, so we suggest that parents familiarize yourselves with the play and determine if it is appropriate for your child. We provide a Family Rating system for each of our productions.

What about dogs?

Well-socialized dogs on a leash are welcome. Please tend to them as you would in any public setting.

Will there be food available at the show?

We have a concession stand where you can purchase snacks, water, and cold beverages.

Can we bring a picnic?

Of course! There are several areas in the park to enjoy a picnic before the show.

Is Shakespeare in the Park a dress-up affair?

Not at all! We recommend shoes that have good footing so you can comfortably walk to and from the theatre area. The weather can change quickly, so we suggest bringing something warm for later in the evening. Any hats should not obstruct someone else’s view.

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