An Unstoppable Pair!

Kentucky Shakespeare & Pandora Productions team up to bring Shakespeare’s R&J to the stage.

LOUISVILLE, KY – August 2, 2022 – “I dreamt a dream tonight.” Joe Calarco’s R&J re-imagines the classic story of history’s famous doomed lovers as a modern coming-of-age tale in this co-production between Kentucky Shakespeare and Pandora Productions, Louisville’s theatre dedicated to telling stories of LGBTQ+ communities.

The play explores forbidden love, vulnerability, and burgeoning sexuality as students at a repressive all-male school discover a banned copy of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. They steal into the night to recite the prohibited tale of adolescent passion and find themselves immersed in the story that begins to blur with their own lives as truths emerge.

SHAKESPEARE’S R&J will be produced live at the Henry Clay Theatre. Kentucky Shakespeare’s Artistic Director, Matt Wallace directs the cast including Shaquille Townes, Brennen Amonett, Tyler Tate & Zachary Burrell. SHAKESPEARE’S R&J will run August 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 @ 7:30 p.m.; August 21 @ 2:30 p.m. Advanced tickets are $25 and are available online at, or by calling 502.216.5502.


Matt Wallace, Artistic Director, Kentucky Shakespeare 502.419.6964 || Michael J. Drury, Producing Artistic Director 502.592.6009 ||



Designated the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth by the Kentucky legislature, Kentucky Shakespeare is a professional theatre company and not-for-profit charitable organization.

Mission: Grounded in the works of Shakespeare, we enrich communities through accessible, inclusive, professional theatre experiences that educate, inspire, and entertain diverse audiences.

Vision: To use Shakespeare’s truths and the power of the arts to transform lives. Shakespeare belongs to everyone.

ABOUT PANDORA PRODUCTIONS Pandora Productions was founded in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1995 and represents the transformational power of theatre. Its mission is to entertain, engage and inspire its audiences, the community, and the greater human communities by presenting bold, cutting-edge theatrical productions that reveal the commonality of all people while investigating the diversity of human nature, particularly the nature of sexual orientation, through artistic expression. Pandora Productions is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization that benefits largely from the generosity of the community. Donations are encouraged and welcomed, in any amount. Please visit for more information.