Based on the screenplay by
Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
Music by Paddy Cunneen
Directed by Kevin Long
“A joyous celebration of theatre.” – Daily Telegraph 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 and drama leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. 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 the 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?
Special event for ticketholders:
COFFEE WITH THE DIRECTOR AND THE DRAMATURG
Sundays, 1 p.m.–1:45 p.m. (pre-show)
Join us for coffee and a discussion about the performance with Director Kevin Long and Dramaturg Mary T. Christel. They are co-authors of the book Bring on the Bard.
Sunday, March 22 at 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Building R, Performing Arts Center
1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067