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Valley Shakespeare Company Presents Thunderous Comedy ‘Shakespeare in Love’ | Lifestyles

MONMOUTH – Valley Shakespeare Company at Western Oregon University presents Lee Hall’s “Shakespeare in Love” (adapted from the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard) July 21-23 and July 28-30 on the Leinwand Outdoor Stage at the exterior of the Rice Auditorium on the WOU campus. All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be free to the public, with a suggested donation of $12. The show will include lawn seating, so audience members are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. The duration of the show is approximately 2h30 with an intermission. Friday performances will be performed.

This production depicts young Will Shakespeare with writer’s block. The deadline for his new play is fast approaching, but he desperately needs some inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse – the fiery, bright and beautiful Viola. This cunning young woman is Will’s biggest fan and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play. Against a bustling backdrop of mistaken identity, ruthless intrigue, and behind-the-scenes drama, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms, inspiring him to write his greatest romantic masterpiece.

Director David Janowiak describes the play as a “love note to Shakespeare and a celebration of romantic love, drama and the mystery and magic of playmaking. Guest professional Hannah Fawcett will play Violet De Lesseps, Will Shakespeare’s love interest. This is Hannah’s second season with Valley Shakespeare. She was last seen on her stage as Olivia in the 2021 production of Twelfth Night. Other credits include “As You Like It” and “Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and co-directing “As You Like It” and “Tartuffe” at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Nebraska Rep. She currently works as a guest artist at the Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Hannah is the founding artistic director of Struts & Frets Theater Company. She holds a BFA in acting from Southern Oregon University.

The show will also feature several other guest professionals: costume designer Laurel Peterson, who also designed costumes for the critically acclaimed VSCs “Midsummer Night’s Dream” (2016) and Tartuffe (2016); guest actor Jeff Sanders who will play Fennyman, a businessman who collaborates in Will Shakespeare’s latest play; guest actor Jeff Baer, ​​as famed theater producer Phillip Henslowe; and guest set designer Nick Wilson.