How About Shakespeare on Valentine’s Day?

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Rochester theater company Aspie Works will present a night of Shakespeare with Love in the Style of Will!

The show will feature scenes from seven plays – As You Like ItHenry VMuch Ado About NothingRichard IIIRomeo and JulietThe Taming of the Shrewand The Tempest.  Presentations of some of Shakespeare’s sonnets will serve as transitions between scenes.  The show will be performed on Friday, February 14 at 7:30pm at the Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) at 142 Atlantic Avenue in Rochester.  It will be a “pay-what-you-can” presentation, with all proceeds benefitting the MuCCC.

Aspie Works founder Justin Rielly, an Artist-in-Residence at the MuCCC, is developing the project.  Mr. Rielly is a playwright and theatrical artist who has written and produced original works including She Will Have Her Way and Kind Souls Chasing, and performed monologist Spalding Gray’s discussion pieceInterviewing the Audience at this September’s Rochester Fringe Festival.

Joining Mr. Rielly as co-producers are SUNY Geneseo theater alumni Melyssa Hall and Kate Royal.  Miss Hall directed a production of Rajiv Joseph’sGruesome Playground Injuries at the Fringe Festival, and Miss Royal directedRomeo and Juliet at Geneseo.  She is also participating in the MuCCC’s New Play Festival on February 7 with her original production The Weekends.

MuCCC Artists-in-Residence James Landers & Jacqueline Moe join Mr. Rielly, Miss Hall and Miss Royal as scene directors.  The show’s ensemble cast includes Tom Bigongiari, Emily Cirincione, Stella Dacquisto, Jarvis Davis, David DeGennaro, Susanna Guarino, Max Hanna, Erin Moriarty, Kristin Rielly, Stephen Robb, Lucy Roberts and Nicole Skelly; with Mr. Rielly, Miss Hall, Miss Royal and Miss Moe also set to appear.  Cassandra Kelly is the executive producer for Aspie Works.  John Borek & Doug Rice are the executive producers for MuCCC.

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