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Romeo and Juliet:

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Romeo is a Montague, and Juliet a Capulet—“star-crossed lovers” whose families’ long-standing feud has pitted neighbor against neighbor in a mid-20th-century American town. Shakespeare’s iconic story asks the question: What happens when a community fails its young people?



Sexual Innuendo

Written in Shakespearean verse, there is occasional sexual innuendo.

Drugs & Alcohol

Friar Laurence gifts Juliet a potion that puts her in a coma.


  • The play opens with a street scuffle between two great houses.
  • Throughout the play, several characters are murdered.

Mature Content

The script references rape, depression, and suicide.