Festival 56 offers free Shakespeare in the Park


PRINCETON - Festival 56 is celebrating its mission of providing no-barrier access to professional theatre by offering another free Shakespearean production to the greater Princeton community. This year’s production will be the timeless tragedy of “Romeo & Juliet.”

The Capulets and the Montagues are two warring families, but that does not stop Juliet and Romeo from falling in love. This play is a cornerstone of Western theatre, and it is easy to see why: it has romance, it has combat, it has death, it has music, it has jokes – it has everything. As an added twist, this production of “Romeo & Juliet” will be produced with only six cast members playing all of the many characters throughout the play.

“Romeo & Juliet” will run from July 2–24 and is free to the public. Although different from years past, this production will be held on an outdoor stage at the Bureau County Metro Center, 837 Park Ave. W., Princeton, as will every other performance Festival 56 has to offer this summer. Concessions will be available for all to enjoy, but audience members should bring their own lawn chair, bug spray or sunscreen.

Season sponsors are Norberg Memorial Home and Heartland Bank & Trust Company. This production has also been made possible by a grant from Church Women United.