PTD Productions presents SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, Screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall. Directed by Joe York. Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan, Nov. 8 - 17, 2018. PTD has offered quality community theater since 1995 and welcomes lifelong theater-lovers & newbies, seniors & students, townies & out-of-towners, fans & skeptics, and everyone in between.
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Adapted by the stage by Lee Hall
Directed by Joe York
Penniless and indebted to two-demanding producers, struggling young playwright, William Shakespeare is tormented by writer's block, until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps, daughter of a wealthy merchant, whose fiery passion for poetry leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. Viola quickly becomes the playwright’s muse, while she disguises herself as a man to become a player. Both are despondent when they learn that Viola’s father has promised her to the stuffy Lord Wessex in order to gain a title for their family. Under veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is writing – Romeo and Juliet. With opening night – and the wedding day – fast approaching, the plots race toward a parallel conclusion. Will it all work out in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy?
“Makes you feel grateful to be alive.” / Independent
“A heady celebration of the act of theater.” / Guardian
“A swooning delight.” / Daily Mail