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Shakespeare in Love

February 7 - March 25, 2018 | Margeson Theater

Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Music by Paddy Cunneen

Young playwright Will Shakespeare is stuck. He is overdue in finishing his latest play—a half-baked mess of a comedy called Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. He finds his muse in Viola de Lesseps, who is driven to do anything—even disguise herself as a man—to fulfill her dream of performing onstage, where no women are permitted.

Surrounded by familiar players, including Queen Elizabeth herself, backstage antics collide with on stage dramas. Will and Viola’s passionate, forbidden love affair goes on to inspire Shakespeare’s masterpiece—the most romantic tragedy ever written.

Creative Team
Director: Richard Garner
Fight Coach: Tony Simotes
Choreographer: Kim Ball
Scenic Designer: Kat Conley
Lighting Designer: Bert Scott
Costume Designer: Angela Calin
Wig Designer: Brendan O’Neal
Sound Designer: Britt Sandusky
AEA Stage Manager: Stacy R. Norwood
AEA Assistant Stage Manager: Karl Lengel


Meet the Cast

John P. Keller

Will Shakespeare

Susan Maris

Viola de Lesseps

Anne Hering

Queen Elizabeth I/Nurse

Thomas Leverton

Kit Marlowe

James Beaman


Philip Nolen


Jacob Dresch

Ned Alleyn

Chris Mixon

Edmund Tilney/Sir Robert de Lesseps

Timothy Williams

Richard Burbage

Duncan Bahr

Lord Wessex

Rhyse Silvestro

John Webster

Austin Larkin


Isiah Columbus


Junior Nyong’o


Terrance Campbell


Tyler Tanner


Joshua Parrott


Alexis Harter


Helena Whittaker







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Critic and Audience Reviews

Romantic, sprightly, joyous, heartfelt. In short, it’s a delight.

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…this production benefits enormously from the excellent performances by John P. Keller as Will and Susan Maris as Viola, who have a true gift for comedic timing…

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Funny, smart, and touches your heart. Susan Maris brings the story to life, the moment she steps on stage you never want her to leave!