Stage Door Theatre’s first show of the new season is a beautiful spin on the classic Romeo and Juliet, directed by their new artistic director Willie E Jones III.   With Jones’ bold musical influences and in a 1990’s setting, in combination with the dynamic Basquiat influences by technical director, Lila Chapman, this classic will be an exciting new journey for Shakespeare veterans and newcomers alike.

When asked, Jones had this to say about why classics like this are important in 2021, “At its core, Romeo and Julietis a story about how the biggest voices on the biggest platforms can cause the most harm. How the people caught in the middle of two opposing sides of an issue are often the victims. We, as people caught in the middle so many things from politics to a global pandemic, want the same things at the end of the day: peace, love, and something beautiful around us.”

With Stage Door Theatre’s reopening comes a revitalization of their mission statement and an expansion in how we can engage with the Dunwoody community.  Jones was excited to share, “A big part of what makes Stage Door special in our new mission is what we can bring to the concept of ‘Exploring the bonds between the Classical and Modern cannons’. Theatre is an ever – expanding wealth of stories, and while we want to be an incubator for new and powerful works, I think it’s also important to provide a haven for past and present great works to guide future and emerging artists.”

Tickets are currently on sale for Romeo and Juliet with performances running October 1st – 24th.

Tickets are:

$35 for adults

$20 for students.

This show may not be appropriate for children.


In response to the Delta variant and continued complications of COVID-19, Stage Door Theatre has adopted enhanced policies on masks and attendance. The full policy can be found on the website, but they have joined the Atlanta theatre trend of mandatory vaccinations or negative tests, mask mandates, and enhanced cleaning procedures. For full COVID policy, show dates, and to buy tickets, visit