For the Love of Shakespeare
Scenes, Sonnets and Speeches on Love from the works of the Bard
This year Hudson Players Club will be presenting, back by popular demand, a play written and directed by our club’s own Christopher Gobeil about a troupe of 19thcentury itinerant Shakespearean actors and their ruminations on the place of love in the works of the Bard.
It’s a beautiful evening in Hudson in the 1890’s as Ye Olde Hudson Players return from a long and arduous road trip. Footsore and weary, they arrive to be greeted by an assembly of townsfolk, out looking for excitement on this summer evening.
As the players make themselves at home and practice a scene from Romeo and Juliet, a debate begins among them about the place of love in the works of the Bard of Avon: William Shakespeare. One thing leads to another and a wager is made – whomever can use the works of Shakespeare to best illustrate one of the seven loves described by the ancient Greeks will win applause, and a flagon of wine!
The game is on, and the talent of the players is on display as they each recite scenes, speeches, and sonnets in the quest for the prize. In the end it is the audience that chooses the winner, in this clever portrayal of the love actors bear for their craft, and the genius that was William Shakespeare.
There will be 8 performances running from July 11thto 21st, Thursday to Sunday at 7pm.
Join us in the Beautiful Jack Layton Park for the Love of Shakespeare.
Cast of Characters
Player Princess: McKenna Hayden
Player Prince : James Berryman
Player King : Simon Cote
Player Queen : Christine Sheppard
Player Duke : Steve Walters
Player Duchess : Sandy Ferguson
Player Fool: Bill Fletcher
Player : JF Samson
Player: Jonah Buksbaum
Player : Joe Dineen
Player : Olivia Richardson
Player : Anjali Ramcharan
Player : Eva Morel
Player : Olivia Pontecorvo
Player: Deborah McCafferty
Player : Joe Tyas
Player ; Megan Fisher
Player : Mady Samson
Musician : Tim Walsh
Musician : Monica Gunther
Writer & Director : Christopher Gobeil
Production Manager : Glen Robinson
Stage Manager : Heather Bentley
Assistant Stage Manager : Lisa Crowhurst Fisher
Choreographer : Donna Stewart
Costumes : Karen Pearce
Singing Coach : Kim Boyle
Publicity : John Sheridan
Photographer : Val Provost
Executive Producer: Elizabeth Harwood