Romeo and Juliet Summer 2019

Romeo and Juliet

“A touch of the Elizabethan Renaissance has arrived in our midst, thanks to the Queens-based startup theater troupe known as Rude Grooms”
“Love at first sight, fights and a long goodnight,” Queens Chronicle, 8/22/2019

“Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging”
99/100 Audience Rating on Show-Score

Additional Press:
WLIW’s Top 5 Free Events
Queens Council on the Arts

Juliet (Rachel Schmeling) and Romeo (Dhruv Iyengar) in Rainey Park. Photo: Jessica Latour.

Rude Grooms’ Romeo and Juliet is William Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy in a production full of romance, laughter, and music. Rude Grooms brings its second annual free summer production to Rainey Park, Queensbridge Park, Astoria Park, and the Plaxall Gallery. This fast-paced 90-minute play is suitable for the whole family! Don’t miss this romantic production full of live acoustic music, breathtaking action sequences, and an acting company who have worked at such internationally acclaimed theaters as Shakespeare’s Globe, Classic Stage Company, The Old Globe, and Asolo Repertory Theatre.

VIP Seating, signed programs and posters, original sonnets, custom decorated masks, private party invitations and more are available to our backers on IndieGoGo. Make a contribution today to support our work and get exclusive perks!

Rude Grooms Patrons also receive preferred seating, as well as discounts on company merchandise, tickets, and invitations to exclusive patron only readings, performances, and events. Sign up on Patreon!

Romeo and Juliet in Astoria Park (8/24/2019). Photo: Montgomery Sutton.

RAINEY PARK (8/14 & 8/21 & NOW 8/22, moved from Queensbridge Park) – Buy Tickets | Map
Vernon Blvd and 34th Ave, Astoria, NY 11106

QUEENSBRIDGE PARK (8/15 – please note, 8/22 is now moved to RAINEY PARK above) – Buy Tickets | Map
Vernon Blvd and 41st Ave, Long Island City, NY 11106

ASTORIA PARK (8/16-17 & 8/23-24) – Buy Tickets | Map
19 19th St., Astoria, NY 11105

PLAXALL GALLERY (8/18 & 8/25 – indoors on the 18th and outdoors on the 25th) – Buy Tickets | Map
5-25 46th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

Every night at 6:30pm with additional 1:30pm matinees on Sundays

Rachel Schmeling as Juliet and Dhruv Iyengar as Romeo. Photo: Montgomery Sutton

Elisabeth Ahrens*
Milagros Bobier
Jerome Harmann Hardeman*
Carroll Herring
Rachael Jenison* (8/23-25)
Dhruv Iyengar
Daniel Kemper
Deb Radloff* (8/14-22)
Laura Piccoli
Rachel Schmeling
Montgomery Sutton*
Casterline Villar

Becca Kaplan

Paulina Tobar

Montgomery Sutton

Sara Slagle

Laura Piccoli

Kara Arena

Bridget Bose

New York Combat for Stage & Screen
(Kaitlyn Farley & Jared Kirby)

*these Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. Equity Approved Showcase

Benvolio (Laura Piccoli), Tibalt (Casterline Villar), Gregory (Carroll Herring), Romeo (Dhruv Iyengar), Abraham (Daniel Kemper), Balthazar (Milagros Bobier), and Montague (Elisabeth Ahrens) in Queensbridge Park. Photo: Jessica Latour.


The Capulet and Montague families’ ancient feud erupts anew in Verona. When the children of these two clans meet, they fall head over heels and secretly marry. Their journey begins in beauty, laughter, and childlike joy — but the enduring hatred bubbles over into violence yet again, tearing them apart the same day they are joined as one. Rude Grooms’ Romeo and Juliet is a romantic comedy turned heart-breaking tragedy; a fable set in a contemporary world, full of live acoustic music, breathtaking action sequences, and an actors from Shakespeare’s Globe, Classic Stage Company, The Old Globe, and Asolo Repertory Theatre.