Romeo and Juliet

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Production dates: June 18, 2012
Venue: The Public Theater
Directed by: Daniel Sullivan
Literature: William Shakespeare

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Shakespeare in the Park series, a special reading of "Romeo and Juliet", featuring Kevin Kline and Meryl Streep in the title roles is held on June 18, 2012. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written early in the career of playwright William Shakespeare about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.

Kevin Kline (Romeo), Meryl Streep (Juliet), F. Murray Abraham (Friar Laurence), Christine Baranski (Nurse), John Cullum (Capulet), Raúl Esparza (Sampson, Apothecary, Watchman 1), David Harbour (Abraham, Capulet Servant, Paris’ Page), Bill Irwin (Montague), Jesse L. Martin (Gregory, Friar John, Watchman 2), Sandra Oh (Lady Montague), Phylicia Rashad (Lady Capulet), Jerry Stiller (Peter), Michael Stuhlbarg (Paris), Christopher Walken (Mercutio), Sharon Washington (Stage Directions), Sam Waterston (Benvolio), and Jeffrey Wright (Tybalt)