Center for the Arts invites you to experience a new take on Shakespeare

Sep 18, 2019 at 07:00 am by Voice Wire

Shakespeare in Love at Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts continues the 2019 season with "Shakespeare in Love." The play, adapted from the Academy Award-winning movie, is a romantic comedy that questions how young Will Shakespeare came to be the revered poet that we know him today.

It is funny, quick, clever and filled with references from famous Shakespeare works. Shakespeare in Love opens on Friday, September 20.

"I am beyond thrilled to be presenting this magnificent play at the Center for the Arts," says director Connie Downer. "It is always such a joy and an honor to direct a play as well written as Shakespeare in Love. There is music, singing, dancing, swordfights, lots of laughter, a few tears, and even a bit with a dog. This is a show about the crazy people who do theatre and anyone that loves theatre should come out and share an evening with us."

Shakespeare in Love is a modern exploration of the possible events that inspired the writing of Romeo and Juliet. As the story begins, Young Will Shakespeare (Christopher Dalton) has writer's block... the deadline for his new play is fast approaching, but he's in desperate need of inspiration.

That is, until he finds and falls for his muse – the rebellious aristocrat Viola (Charlotte I. Myhre). This beautiful young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his near play.

Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece.

Shakespeare in Love is sponsored by Ascend Federal Credit Union.

Tickets start at $14 and are currently on sale at, by calling 615-904-ARTS (2787), or at the Center for the Arts Box Office, 110 West College Street, in downtown Murfreesboro.

Rated PG-13 for sexual themes and mild violence

Shakespeare in Love runs Friday, September 20 – 29

Shakespeare in Love PERFORMANCE DATES:

Fri, Sep 20th, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Sat, Sep 21st, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Sun, Sep 22nd, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Fri, Sep 27th, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Sat, Sep 28th, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Sun, Sep 29th, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Adult $18.00; Seniors (65+)/Students/Military: $16.00; Children: $14.00
Discount of $2.00/ticket for groups of 10 or more. Call 615-904-2787 for group reservations.


The mission of The Center for the Arts is to enhance the quality of life in our community by providing cultural and economic enrichment through the arts.

The Center for the Arts opened to the public on December 1, 1995 and was originally funded by the City of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County. In 2008 The Center became a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization and now depends on the generosity of the public for funding. Since it’s opening, the Center for the Arts has been presenting theatrical productions, visual art exhibitions, music concerts, dance performances and educational classes.

Shakespeare in Love Cast List:

Will Shakespeare - Christopher Dalton

Viola DeLesseps – Charlotte I. Myhre

Henslowe - Todd Seage

Fennyman - Eric Massengill

Wessex - Holt Kirkindoll

Marlowe - Stephen Turner

Queen Elizabeth - Keri Boe

Burbage  / Boatman - Rob DeHoff

Ned Alleyn / Catling - Ryan Green

Nurse - Heather Green

Tilney / Sir DeLesseps - Stephen Belk

Sam – Sam Downer

Wabash - Sam House

Adam / Lambert - Andrew Sparks

Peter / Valentine - Grant Weingart

Robin / Frees - Ryan Fiero

Ralph - Cameron Anteski

Kate - Sadie Crytz

Molly – Karisha Glover

Webster - Jude Williams

Mistress Quickly - Lisa McLaurin

Spot the Dog - Anakin McLaurin


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