Shakespeare 2019

Shakespeare in the Park in Bergen County is back for a second year! Black Box Studios initiated free performances of Shakespeare’s works in 2018, with rotating performances of Twelfth Night and Macbeth. This summer, the team will return to the stage with Romeo & Juliet and Othello!

In Romeo and Juliet, the most famous love story comes to life on stage this summer. The Montagues and Capulets have been feuding for ages. The children decide to take matters into their own hands, and the star-crossed lovers attempt to overcome the societal pressures surrounding them. Inspired by punk-rock, this adaptation with non traditional casting breathes new life into this classic tale.

Othello is a story about societal status and what it means to be an outsider. General Othello is a self-made man and a Moor who seems to reach the peak of his career and love life - but his friend Iago seeks to undo this happiness when Othello passes Iago over for a promotion. The play's varied and enduring themes will leave the audience questioning societal attitudes.


Romeo & Juliet photos by Rich Kowalski ... Othello photos by Guglielmo Photography

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Locations

Englewood - Englewood Library, 31 Engle Street, Englewood, NJ 07631

Ridgewood - Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Teaneck - Votee Park Teaneck Rotary Club Band Shell, Palisade Ave, Teaneck, NJ 07666

Tenafly - Davis Johnson Park and Gardens 137 Engle Street Tenafly, NJ 07670

Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors- without whom these productions would not be possible:

Holy Name Medical Center, Provident Bank, Five Star Premier Residences of Teaneck, Cross River Bank, The Ardelle Institute, Mike Pessolano/Friedburg Properties, The Ridgewood Guild, Crowne Plaza Englewood, Arbor Terrace Teaneck Senior Living, Englewood Health

Thank you to our host communities for their financial support:

Englewood, Tenafly, Ridgewood


Unique outdoor productions of 'Romeo & Juliet' and 'Othello' have been touring to NJ's Teaneck, Englewood, Ridgewood, Tenafly since early July - and now both shows will come indoors for special visits to New York City's Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the East Village.


Inside The Nuyorican, these productions will run deeper and darker than their outdoor counterparts. It's punks versus preps in this lesbian re-imagining of 'Romeo & Juliet' with non-traditional casting, wild fights, and live guitar. 'Othello' explores corporate espionage, broken loyalty, and big business collapsing in on itself as women do their best to stop men from turning against each other over jealousy, and bring about their inevitable downfalls.