The Stratford Players are back with a brand new show, “Will in the Woods,” a sampling of the Bard’s most memorable scenes and soliloquies 11 local and visiting actors will perform.
Fans will revel in selections the troupe will perform from “Othello,” “Macbeth,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Merchant of Venice” and more.
Marsha Kennedy, an award-winning fiction and stage play writer, directs the play. Her 2010 directing debut of “Enchanted April” earned her an Inland Theatre League Founders Award. She is also the founder and artistic director of the Stratford Players.
“I think Idyllwild is the perfect place to do ‘Will in the Woods,’” she said, “because it allows us to perform outside in the afternoon very much like Shakespeare performed his plays in the Globe in London. The Stratford players are delighted to introduce our community theater troupe to Idyllwild.”
Actors include local Barbara Rayliss, a teacher, singer and actor. Rayliss has participated in Idyllwild’s Master Chorale and has appeared in its productions of “The Wizard of Oz,” “Cole,” “Mushuga Nuns” and “Clue.”
Christopher Morse, a founding member of the Stratford Players, is also an award-winning playwright and performed in venues around the country.
Doug Austin, also an Idyllwild local, has a master’s degree in theater and for 18 years has been a member of the Players.
“The Stratford Players are dedicated to great theater,” said Austin. “All of the actors are wonder-found by the extraordinary experience…”
Harriet Briant, John Wesley Leon, Julia Zacker, Kathleen Walker, Larry Kawano, Marshall Smith, Meg Wolf and Rosalyn Leon complete the cast.
Performances are 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. at St. Hugh’s Episcopal Church, 25525 Tahquitz Dr. Tickets are $12, box seats are $25 each.
Category: On The Town