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Shakespeare in Love

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres and Actor’s Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Cast TBD. For audition information, click HERE.

Creative Team TBD.

6:00 PM: Gates Open
6:30 PM: Parody presented by Team Shakespeare
7:00 PM: Show Talk
7:15 PM: Parody presented by Team Shakespeare
8:00 PM: Shakespeare in Love

Will Shakespeare is a known but struggling poet, playwright and actor who not only has sold his next play to two different producers but now faces a far more difficult problem: he is bereft of ideas and has yet to begin writing his next masterpiece. He is in search of a muse, but all attempts fail him until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps. She loves the theatre and would like nothing more than to take to the stage but is forbidden from doing so as only men can be actors. Viola is also a great admirer of Shakespeare’s works. Dressing as a man by the name of Thomas Kent, she auditions and is ideal for a part in his next play. Shakespeare soon sees through her disguise and they begin a love affair, one they know cannot end happily as he is already married and she has been promised to the artistocrat, Lord Wessex. As the company rehearses his new play, Will and Viola’s love is transferred to the written page leading to the masterpiece that is Romeo and Juliet.