SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Free Public Library will present the Next Stage Ensemble of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in a performance of “Romeo and Juliet” on the Village Green July 15 beginning at 7 p.m.

The open-air presentation of William Shakespeare's classic is set on the hot summer streets of Verona, where two idealistic teens discover love in a society consumed by senseless brutality. Filled with witty wordplay, lyric poetry, and flashy swordfights, Romeo and Juliet remains one of the most gripping and moving tragedies in Shakespeare's canon.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is the state's largest professional theatre company dedicated to the presentation of Shakespeare's canon and other classic dramatic entertainments for the cultural enrichment of the community. The Next Stage Ensemble was created to foster the work of early career actors and to train them in ensemble-based performance techniques.

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This program is made possible by a grant from the Manley-Winser Foundation.

Attendees are enouraged to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs for seating. Alcohol is not permitted. In case of rain, the performance will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, located at 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit.

The Summit Free Public Library is located at 75 Maple Street.  They can be reached by calling 908-273-0350 or visiting