William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is perhaps literature’s most famous tragedy. But what if things had ended differently? That’s the premise of American Stage’s production of Romeo and Juliet in America (The One With the Happy Ending), opening on Thursday at Williams Park in St. Petersburg.
In this retelling, two young lovers caught between their feuding families navigate their relationship through “party crashing, street fights and clandestine encounters” with plot twists that end in a new conclusion, “where love may just conquer all.”
A preview performance happens Wednesday with tickets ranging $20-$25. The production runs through Aug. 1. The play is recommended for viewers ages 12 and older. It contains adult situations, violence, and themes of sex and suicide. As part of American Stage’s Next Generation initiative, anyone aged 20 and younger gets free admission. The production will be streamed online for American Stage members following the run of the play.
Guests should bring their own blanket to sit in the park or a chair to sit behind the blanket seating. Concessions will not be available, but guests are welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Should a performance be canceled due to weather, tickets will be honored for another performance.
If you go
Romeo and Juliet in America (The One With the Happy Ending) plays 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through Aug. 1. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. $30-$35 Thursdays, $40-$45 Fridays, $45-$50 Saturdays, $40-$45 Sundays. 350 Second Ave. N. 727-823-7529. americanstage.org.