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Shakespeare is Coming to the Italian Cultural Institute-Embassy of Italy



Shakespeare is Coming to the Italian Cultural Institute-Embassy of Italy

Please join us for a preview of select scenes from the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s forthcoming production of Romeo & Juliet. The play, set in Verona, Italy, is one of Shakespeare’s early poetic masterworks and follows two star-crossed lovers caught tragically between two feuding families.

After the show, you will have the opportunity to meet members of the cast, Jordan Aragon, Jeffrey Carlson, Jimmie "J.J." Jeter, Andrew Veenstra, Ayana Workman, and the show’s director, STC Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul. Hear more about the production and get an exclusive preview of scenes from the play before it opens next month.

Romeo & Juliet will be at the Lansburgh Theatre (450 7th Street NW) from September 13 through November 6, 2016.


Embassy of Italy - Auditorium
3000 Whitehaven Street NW 
Washington, DC 20008






RSVP available on August 18, 2016 


The most famous love story in the world and one of Shakespeare’s early poetic masterworks, Romeo & Juliet follows two star-crossed lovers from love at first sight to eternal life hereafter. Caught tragically between two feuding families, alike in dignity and in enmity, Shakespeare’s immortal young lovers try to fashion a new world amid the violence of the old, but cataclysmic choices and tragic twists propel them toward a final confrontation with fate.

After helming the highly-lauded productions of Kiss Me, Kate and Man of La Mancha, Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul directs his first Shakespeare production at STC—what is sure to be a spectacular, contemporary and heart-rending vision.

After August 1, 2016, friends of the Italian Cultural Institute may use promo code ShakespeareIIC for 10% off tickets to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet directed by Alan Paul. Purchase tickets online at or call the STC Box Office at 202.547.1122.

Fine print: Offer subject to availability. Offer only applies to tickets to Romeo & Juliet. Offer cannot be applied to previously purchased tickets and cannot be combined with other offers. Offer not applicable to premium or “d” price seats.


Recipient of the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award®, the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) is the nation’s leading premier classical theatre company. Today, STC is synonymous with artistic excellence and making classical theatre more accessible to audiences in and around the nation’s capital.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Kahn and Executive Director Chris Jennings, STC’s innovative productions inspire dialogue that connects classic works to the modern human experience. The Company focuses on works with profound themes, complex characters, and poetic language written by Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and the playwrights he influenced in order to preserve and promote classic theatre—ambitious, enduring plays with universal themes—for all audiences.A leader in arts education, STC has a stable of initiatives that teach and excite learners of all ages, from school programs and adult acting classes to accessible community programming like play-relevant discussion series and the Free For All. For the past 25 years the Free For All program has offered an annual remount of a popular production completely free of charge to all audience members.Located in downtown Washington, D.C., STC performs in two theatres, the 451-seat Lansburgh Theatre and the 774-seat Sidney Harman Hall. In addition to STC productions appearing year-round, these spaces also accommodate presentations from outstanding local performing arts groups and nationally renowned organizations. The Company has been a fixture in the vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood since 1992. 


Associate Artistic Director

STC: Kiss Me, Kate, Man of La ManchaA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (2014 Helen Hayes Award for Best Director of a Musical), The Boys from SyracuseThe Winter’s Tale (Free For All), Twelfth Night (Free For All), As You Like It (Associate Director), Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 (Associate Director), numerous galas, readings, and special events; Assistant Director: 13 shows. THEATRE DIRECTING: Signature Theatre: I Am My Own Wife; Studio Theatre 2ndStage: Silence! The MusicalThe Rocky Horror Show (co-director); Catholic University: Man of La Mancha; University of Maryland: The Matchmaker; Apex Theatre Company: Richard II; Northwestern University: Six Degrees of Separation; readings for Studio Theatre, Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, The National Academy of Sciences, The Phillips Collection, The Goethe Institut, Georgetown University. OPERA DIRECTING: Washington National Opera: Penny; Urban Arias: Blind DatesBefore BreakfastThe Filthy HabitPhoto-Op; The In Series: Dido and AeneasEl Amor Brujo; Strathmore Concert Hall: Butterfly/SaigonBlind Dates. Finalist for the 2013 European Opera Directing Prize (Vienna, Austria). Acting Instructor for the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program at WNO.



Jordan Aragon+

NATIONAL TOURS: Beauty and the Beast. REGIONAL: Getty Villa: The Trackers; Moonlight Amphitheatre: Sweeney Todd. INTERNATIONAL: Beauty and the BeastArt Monastery Project (Italy). OPERA: San Francisco Opera: Carmen, The Magic Flute. TRAINING: UCLA, Ray Bolger Musical Theatre Program: BA in Theatre. WEB:

Jeffrey Carlson*
STC: Hamlet (2007), Lorenzaccio (title roles). NEW YORK: Broadway: The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?; Taboo (Drama Desk Award nomination); Roundabout Theatre Company: Tartuffe; Off-Broadway: Cherry Lane Theatre: Psycho Therapy; Theatre for a New Audience: Antony and Cleopatra; New York Theatre Workshop: Bach at Leipzig; Daryl Roth Theatre: Manuscript; MCC Theater: Last Easter; Signature Theatre Company: Thief River. REGIONAL: Yale Repertory Theatre: Cymbeline (Iachimo), Richard II (title role); Goodman Theatre: Measure for Measure (Lucio), Stage Kiss; Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Edward II (title role), Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 (Prince Hal, also at the Royal Shakespeare Company); McCarter Theatre Center: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Candida; Charlotte Repertory Theatre: The Miracle Worker; Paper Mill Playhouse: The Importance of Being Earnest; Philadelphia Theatre Company/Kennedy Center: Golden Age; Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference and the Cape Cod Theatre Project. FILM: Hitch, The Killing Floor, Backseat. TELEVISION: All My Children (ABC, contract role as Zoe), Plainsong (CBS, Hallmark Hall of Fame), Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC), The View (ABC). AWARDS: Recipient of the 2004 Marian Seldes/Garson Kanin Fellowship, and a Beinecke Fellow in 2007 and 2016. TRAINING: The Juilliard School; the University of California, Davis; Guthrie Theater.

Jimmie “J.J.” Jeter*


FILM: Lullaby. AWARDS: 2016 Artist As Citizen Award, 2016 Career Advancement Fellow. TRAINING: The Juilliard School.

Andrew Veenstra*


STC: Affiliated Artist, As You Like It (Orlando), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine), David Ives’s The Heir Apparent (Eraste, World Premiere, dir. Michael Kahn). NEW YORK: Broadway: Lincoln Center Theater: Hamlet (Hamlet). Off-Broadway: An Error of the Moon (John Wilkes Booth). NATIONAL TOURS: War Horse, First National Tour (Albert Narracott). REGIONAL: Lion in Winter (King Philip), Measure for Measure (Claudio), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander/Nick Bottom), Tartuffe (Tartuffe), Dial “M” For Murder (Max Halliday), The Seagull (Medvedenko), Parade (Frankie Epps), The Tempest (Ferdinand), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), A Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge). FILM: Blue DoorRabbits FootKingdom of Hills (Short, Festival Award for Best Acting). TELEVISION: Unveiled, Bones, Law and Order: SVU. AWARDS: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Winner. OTHER: Radio City Music Hall (with Linda Haberman and the Rockettes), North Carolina Ballet Company. TRAINING: Eastman School of Music: Piano; Brigham Young University: BFA in Acting. WEB: 

Ayana Workman* 


NEW YORK: Off Broadway: Public Theater: Romeo and Juliet; Off-Off Broadway: Masterfool Theatre Company: Macbeth. BFA Productions: School for Scandal, A Woman of No Importance. INTERNATIONAL: Globe Theatre (London): Julius Caesar; SNG Maribor (Maribor, Slovenia): Guernica Continuum; Bunker Stara Elektrarna (Ljubljana, Slovenia): Virtual Truth. TELEVISION: Person of Interest. TEACHING: Montclair Academy of Dance and Lab of Music: Drama Teacher. TRAINING: Rutgers University: BFA in Acting. 


*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers. 


Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Time: From 7:00 pm To 9:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto, Shakespeare Theatre Company

Entrance : Free


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