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PPT presents ‘Shakespeare in Love’ opening tonight

“An absolute joy from beginning to end.” — Daily Express (5 stars)
“There’s the elating sense that the material-with its rivalry between two public theaters echoing the feud between the Montagues and Capulets- is reveling in its natural element in the theatre…It makes you grateful to be alive.” — Independent (5 stars)
“Marvelously fluid, riotously funny, and often intensely, even startlingly, poignant… — Chicago Tribune


Oct. 3-12 • 8 performances only

Make your plans now to attend the Piedmont Players Theater production of “Shakespeare in Love.”

Opening night is Thursday Oct. 3 and it closes Saturday Oct. 12. There are 8 performances only.

This is the stage adaptation of the film that won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Will Shakespeare (Robert Parks) has writers block and is in desperate need of a new hit in the competitive world of London Theater. He finds his inspiration in the form of a passionate noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps (Jordan Leigh Dover).

Their forbidden love soon draws everyone around them into intrigue and drama, including Queen Elizabeth (Lori Van Wallendael). The events inspire Will to write the greatest love story of all time: Romeo and Juliet.

Join the cast of 21 as they fall in love, swordfight, rehearse plays, fight over scripts, and basically have a wonderful time.

Robert Parks (Will Shakespeare) is from Mount Airy and is a student at Catawba College. Even though this is his first production with Piedmont Players, he was Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet” and was Buddy the Elf in “Elf “with the Surry Arts Council. Last season he was the Baker in Catawba College’s production of “Into the Woods.”

Jordan Leigh Dover (Viola De Lesseps) will be recognized as Susan, the blind wife in last year’s PPT production of “Wait Until Dark.” She is from Yadkinville and is a graphic designer. She recently performed in the Andy Griffith Playhouse productions of “All Shook Up” and “Mamma Mia.”

Lori Van Wallendael (Queen Elizabeth) is a Piedmont Players Theater regular and favorite. Along with her husband, Shawn (Henslowe), she has performed in productions throughout the area. By day, she is the Associate Chair of Psychology at UNCC.

For tickets, go to Piedmontplayers.com or call Cam at 704-633-5471.

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