ROMEO & JULIET IN AMERICA (THE ONE WITH THE HAPPY ENDING)
By William Shakespeare and Adapted by American Stage

This bold and modern retelling of Shakespeare’s most romantic tragedy imagines how two young lovers, caught in the middle of their feuding families, might meet a different fate. Through party crashing, street fights and clandestine encounters, the plot twists and turns toward a stunning new conclusion where love may just conquer all.

Pricing: Advance/Day of Show*
*Walk-up sales will be across the street at the American Stage box office.  

Wednesday Preview: $20 / $25
Thursday: $30 / $35
Friday: $40 / $45
Saturday: $45 / $50
Sunday: $40 / $45

The first week will have 50 tickets each night as “Pay What You Can.” Call Box Office to order.

As part of American Stage’s ongoing accessibility and Next Generation initiatives, ​anyone under 20 years of age can watch this outdoor production for free.

American Stage Members will also be able to watch this performance on demand virtually in the days following the live performances. 

This material is intended for ages 12 and up. There are some adult situations including the use of strong language, and themes of sex, suicide and violence.

Location: Williams Park 330 2ND AVE. N., ST. PETERSBURG, FL 33701

General Admission Lawn Seating. Bring a blanket to sit in the front. Bring a chair to sit directly behind the blanket area. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

There will be no concessions available on-site. You may bring in food & non-alcoholic beverages with you.

No alcohol or pets are allowed into the park, by city ordinance. Only service animals will be allowed.

What happens if it rains?  A little rain certainly won’t stop us, but should weather conditions look serious enough to cancel or abruptly discontinue a performance, ticket-holders will be able to exchange their tickets for another performance. If a call to cancel a performance is made prior to the show starting we will make the announcement on our facebook page or our website at americanstage.org  If you have any questions you can call the Box Office at 727.823.7529 or email boxoffice@americanstage.org

July 21 – Aug. 1, 2021

Performance: 7:30 PM

Gates Open: 6:30 PM

Performed In Williams Park

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L. Peter Callender (Director), a proud member of Actors Equity Association, happily returns to American Stage as director of “Romeo & Juliet In America (The One With The Happy Ending).” He directed Morisseau’s “Pipeline” for American Stage, after playing Walter “Pops” Washington in “Between Riverside And Crazy” (Tampa Bay Award, Best Actor), to begin this 2018/19 season. Also, at American Stage, he directed the critically acclaimed production of “A Raisin In The Sun,” which followed his direction of August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come & Gone,” and “Jitney,” accumulating 10 Tampa Bay Award nominations and winning 6, including Outstanding Director for “Jitney” and “Joe Turner.” Mr. Callender is Artistic Director of African-American Shakespeare Company in San Francisco. Other directing credits include, “We Are Proud To Present”…at San Jose Stage Company, “Safe House” at Aurora Theatre Company, August Wilson’s “Fences” for Solano College at Harbor Theater in Fairfield, Ca., and “Gilded Six Bits” by Zora Neale Hurston for Word For Word in San Francisco and Paris, France. As an actor, Mr. Callender has performed in over 23 Shakespeare plays, in August Wilson’s “King Hedley II” (Hedley), “Seven Guitars” (Red Carter), and “Radio Golf” (Sterling), Athol Fugards’ “Master Harold”…and the Boys (Sam), “Sizwe Banzi Is Dead” (John), “My Children! My Africa!” (Mr M) and several others in over 15 regional theaters coast to coast and on Broadway in “Prelude To A Kiss.” Read more on his site at www.lpetercallender.com

Cynthia Beckert* (Nurse/Montague) is delighted to return to American Stage after appearing in “Pipeline” in 2019 (directed by L. Peter Callender). Other Central Florida appearances include “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” at the Hippodrome in Gainesville, and four seasons with Orlando’s Mad Cow Theatre (including “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” “Grounded,” “Top Girls,” and “Men on Boats”). A long-time LA resident, Cynthia was a member of the all-female Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, and performed regionally with Alabama Shakes, Georgia Shakes, Kingsmen Shakes, The Porters of Hellsgate, Laguna Playhouse, Ensemble Theatre Company, Sacred Fools, A Noise Within, and many others. Favorite Shakespearean roles include Cleopatra, Hamlet, Laertes, Cassius, Lady Macbeth, Bassanio, Duke Antonio, Appemantus, and Fluellen. Cynthia holds an MFA in Acting from UC Irvine and an MA in Theatre from Florida State, and gratefully acknowledges the Native Peoples on whose ancestral homelands we gather for this production.

Giles Davies* (Benvolio/Friar Lawrence) is very pleased to be returning to the American Stage, having been last seen in the production of “November.” Recently, he performed “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus” at The Straz Center, and assisted with the direction and text work of Jobsite Theater’s “Henry V.” He has been performing and teaching in the Tampa Bay region for the last 12 years, previously working with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

Kiara Hines (Juliet) is bursting with happiness to be returning to American Stage for a third season in “Romeo and Juliet (The One With the Happy Ending)!” She has previously been seen here as Jasmine in “Pipeline” and Beneatha in “A Raisin in the Sun.” There are not enough words to suffice for how grateful she is for her health, the opportunity to perform again at her favorite theatre home, and the love and support from her family and dear friends. Kiara hopes this familiar story will ignite the hearts of all who watch to begin to dream of a brighter future with a happy ending for all! www.kiarahines.com.

Rasell Holt (Tybalt/Capulet) is excited to be returning to American Stage! Last seen as Dez in “Skeleton Crew;” Holt received additional training as an apprentice with The Actors Theatre of Louisville and American Players Theatre. Select credits include “The Realness” (Hangar Theatre), “Romeo+Juliet” (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), “Twelfth Night” (American Players Theatre), “Dracula” (Actors Theater of Louisville), and “The Hairy Ape” (Oracle Productions). Film/TV credits: Drive Slow by Terrence Thompson and Chicago PD on NBC. He is proudly represented by Paonessa Talent. For Jim Butchart.

Josh Odsess-Rubin* (Romeo) is overjoyed to be back doing theatre, especially at American Stage, where he previously played Edmund in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and Arthur in “Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley.” Josh’s favorite classical roles include Rosalind in “As You Like It” (Shakespeare Orange County), Orlando in “As You Like It” (Pulse Ensemble), Dromio in “Comedy Of Errors” (Lake Tahoe Shakespeare), Cléante in “The Imaginary Invalid” (A Noise Within), Edmund in “King Lear,” Demetrius in “Midsummer,” and Feste in “Twelfth Night” (New Swan Shakespeare). Other stage credits: South Coast Repertory, Portland Stage, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Cygnet Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Yale Repertory Theatre, Ars Nova, and FringeNYC. Among Josh’s screen credits are the recent first seasons of Hacks (HBO Max) and Physical (AppleTV+). Kisses to his true love.  Insta: @joshangeles1

Kara Sotakoun (Mercutio/Messenger) is a stage and screen actor originally from northern Illinois and currently located in Saint Petersburg. K has worked virtually with American Stage and has performed locally as part of “The Rose and The Beast” (voice, freeFall), “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Hand to God,” “Henry V” (Jobsite) and will be part of Catskill Mountain Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” as Maria this August. They trained in acting at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association | #Member of the United Scenic Artists union

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