Shakespeare in Love

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Shakespeare in Love

Based on the Screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard, and Adapted for the Stage by Lee Hall, with Music by Paddy Cunneen

Regional Premiere!

Directed by Doug Scholz-Carlson

Co-Sponsored by 

A passionate and fun celebration of Shakespeare, love, and art.

“I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all.”

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?

Who should you bring?

This show is great for everyone! It has a mix of traditional Shakespearean text as well as modern language. Shakespeare in Love is perfect for Shakespeare lovers who will love hearing the “inspiration” for some of their favorite lines, and those more… shall we say “skittish” about classical theater will love the quick pacing and smart jokes.

It is fun, funny, and has beautiful production elements.

Run time: 2 1/2 hours including intermission (150 minutes)



Caroline Amos


Jonathan Gillard Daly

Queen Elizabeth/Nurse

Melissa Maxwell


Benjamin Boucvalt

Robin/Proteus/Tybalt/Lady Capulet/

Antonio Duke

Will Shakespeare/

Christopher Peltier


Andrew Carlson

Tilney/Robert de Lessup/
Adam Pope/

Michael Fitzpatrick


Silas Sellnow


Anique Clements

Peter Tooley/
Lady Capuplet/

Leah Gabriel

Viola de Lessup/
Thomas Kent/

Anna Sundberg


Jonathan Contreras


Christopher Gerson


Zach Curtis

Ned Alleyn/Lambert/Catling

Alex Givens


David Lee Echelard: Hurdy Gurdy, bagpipes, crumhorn, psaltry

Miriam Scholz-Carlson: Baroque violin, recorder

Madeline Young: Guitar

Michael Fitzpatrick: Bodhran

Production Team

Director: Doug Scholz-Carlson

Assistant Director: Annie Dent

Set Designer: R. Eric Stone

Lighting Designer: Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz

Costume Designer: Rebecca Bernstein

Sound Designer: Matt Tibbs

Props Director: Connor McEvoy

Stage Manager: Kate Ocker

Assistant Stage Manager: Kelsey Bouma

Music Director: Miriam Scholz-Carlson

Fight Choreographer: Doug Scholz-Carlson

Assistant Fight Choreographer: Ava Kostia

Fight Captain: Benjamin Boucvalt

Dance Choreographer: Brenna Moser

Dance Captain: Antonio Duke

Special Events & Offers

PWYW (Pay What You WILL) Previews:

Catch the final stages of the rehearsal process during our PWYW Previews! You can see the show before the opening of the season and pay whatever you are able for your ticket. These tickets are not available online – call the Box Office or stop by in person to reserve a seat to the PWYW Preview performance. Then make sure to tell your friends about what you saw and invite them back for the “real” thing!

Opening Night, June 29

Shakespeare in Love kicks off our 15th Season on Friday, June 29th at 7:30 p.m. Opening Night is always an exciting event. Your Opening Night ticket will include admission to the first party of Opening Weekend, which begins immediately after the performance in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center. Opening Weekend parties include complementary food, cash bar, live music, and a chance to interact with GRSF company members. Don’t miss out on this spectacular event!

$12 Tuesday

Every Tuesday during the season is a $12 Tuesday (excludes Callithump!). All regular tickets are only $12 no matter where you sit (student tickets $10). Make sure to get yours early – these sell out quickly! $12 Tuesday for Shakespeare in Love is July 10th at 7:30 p.m.

Chill with Will (Thursday evenings)

Chill with Will: GRSF provides FREE tickets for students age 11 – 18 to a selected performance of each professional production. With programming tailored to students before the performance, and a Company Conversation after, GRSF is passionate about welcoming students to the theater. All students are encouraged  to reserve their free Chill with Will ticket through the Box Office in advance. Guardians wishing to accompany a student must purchase a ticket. Chill with Will tickets must be reserved over the phone or in person. Not available online.


  • Set Design: R. Eric Stone Lighting
  • Design: Lonnie Alcaraz
  • Costume Design: Rebecca Bernstein
  • Sound Design: Matt Tibbs
  • Wigs & Hair Design: Mary Capers
  • Photographer: Dan Norman