Toy presents The Shakespeare Stealer

TOY illustration by J. P. Thimot


The Shakespeare Stealer
By Gary L. Blackwood (adapted from his novel of the same name)
Director: Chris Kelly
Cast: Jordan Louis Fischer, Nick Stevens, Bobby Cooke, Jesse Tiebor, Dan Torres, Shabar Rouse, Jordan Levin, Renee Landrigan
Begins January
​​Theatre of Youth
(, 884-4400)


In the late Elizabethan era, “a young orphan named Widge is skilled in the art of a shorthand no one else can read,” previews Theatre of Youth managing director Kevin Leary. “He has a circle he thinks are his friends who want him to infiltrate Shakespeare’s acting troupe and write down the script of Hamlet as it’s being rehearsed, so they can steal it [before Shakespeare prints it]. He gets into the company, and he’s learning all about how to do theater, learning how to swordfight, and, eventually, he’s left with a choice: does he stay with the group, or take the script and run and betray them all?”


“I’m so psyched to be directing The Shakespeare Stealer, in part, because of our terrific cast,” says director Chris Kelly (who is not exaggerating about the level of talent in this show). “It’s such an exciting script to tackle because it operates on so many levels. On one level, it’s a behind the scenes peek at The King’s Men, Shakespeare’s acting company, as they work at the Globe Theatre. But it deals with substantial issues like plagiarism, trust, and what it really means to be a friend. At heart, though, it’s an adventure tale filled with swashbuckling, sword fights, thrills, humor, and great heart. Fortunately, we have Steve Vaughn aboard to choreograph the swashbuckling. We’re in a wonderful position to create a beautiful piece of theater.”


Theatre of Youth presents The Shakespeare Stealer beginning January 28 (, 884-4400)



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