The Basics +

  • On stage for five weeks from Aug. 14–Sept. 15 in downtown Fayetteville.
  • Weekly performance schedule: Tue–Fri 7:30pm, Sat 2pm & 7:30pm and a Sunday matinee at 2pm.
  • Play run time: 2 hrs, 15 mins, including a 15-min intermission.
  • Recommended for ages 13+.

Play Synopsis +

Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard; adapted for the stage by Lee Hall

It’s the greatest love story (almost) never told. This wildly funny and irresistibly romantic new adaptation of the Academy Award-winning film is fresh from its critically-acclaimed debut in London’s West End. Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block — until he meets Viola. Against a bustling backdrop of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, their forbidden romance inspires a masterpiece.

Cast +

Mason Azbill

Stephanie Bignault
(Viola de Lesseps/Thomas Kent)

Molly Billman

James Bowen

Broderick Clavery

Beck Crabb
(John Webster)

Justin Cunningham
(Kit Marlowe)

Alison England
(Queen Elizabeth I, Nurse)

Matthew Goodrich
(Will Shakespeare)

Bob Hart

Chris Hecke

Rick Holden

Drew Johnson
(Robin, Lambert)

Bryce Kemph
(Richard Burbage)

Steven Marzolf
(Lord Wessex)

Kevin Orton

Cat Patterson

Chris Tennison

Creatives +

Amy Herzberg

Aimee Hayes

Jason Burrow
Music Director/Supervisor

Gail Leftwich

DC Wright
Fight & Physical Comedy Choreographer

Ben Corbett
Dialect Coach

William Boles
Scenic Designer

Shawn Irish
Lighting Designer

Eric Backus
Sound Designer

Shannon Jones
Production Stage Manager

Jerry Jensen
Assistant Stage Manager

Anna Colley
Stage Management Associate

Ruby Kemph
Costume Designer

Alex Worthington
Technical Director

Brodie Jasch
Properties Manager

Ashleigh Burns
Scenic Charge & Props Artist

Elijah DeWitt
Master Electrician

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Shakespeare In Love is made possible in part by lead show sponsors Bob & Becky Alexander, as well as show sponsors Ben & Christine Clark, Greenwood Gearhart, Stout Executive Search, and John & Kitten Weiss.