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Dedicated to the performance of free, innovative, and high-quality Shakespeare at Stanford and in the Bay Area.

Announcing our 2017-2018 season

Romeo and Juliet
February 22-24, 2018

Directed by Grace Wallis ('20)
Produced by Rachel Jorgensen ('19)

The year is 2018. It’s late July in our Berkeley-inspired Verona. The streets are hot, the kids are out, and the expectation of an explosive quarrel between the two noble families of the city - the Capulets and Montagues - hangs in the summer air. When Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall helplessly in love at a Capulet soiree, their passionate union triggers a series of violent events that, in the span of roughly four days, ultimately claim the lives of five Veronese youth. Not to be mistaken for a predictable tale of young love, the Stanford Shakespeare Company’s winter production of  Romeo & Juliet is, first and foremost, a celebration of youth in the twenty-first century that conversely explores some of the most pressing issues affecting our society’s younger generations. With a particular focus on the rising mental health epidemic currently sweeping across high school and college campuses alike, our Romeo & Juliet questions what happens when young people’s voices, minds, and bodies are not seen, valued, or heard. And what happens when they are. Join us for what is sure to be a poignant take on a classic love story.

Spring 2018

Directed by Sarah Mergen ('19)
Produced by Thomas "Allen" Wehner ('20)

Exiled from his own kingdom and adrift with nowhere to go, Pericles embarks on a Shakespearean odyssey rarely performed in theaters today. Confronted with a world almost entirely controlled by fate, Pericles' only option is to cling to his own moral compass-- a resolve that allows him to survive a sinking ship and eventually find the love of his life. The pair are tricked into believing they have won fate's game, but their meeting is just the beginning of the biggest test they will ever face. In a single storm at sea, Pericles' first born child is delivered and the family is pulled apart; a great separation that each family member will spend years trying to understand and resolve.  Though underperformed and underrated, the story of Pericles and his family reveals, with a timely poignancy, the power of unyielding love across time and distance.