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Opening Night of The Shakespeare Lonely Hearts Club presented by Theatre Nouveau

May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Theatre Nouveau casts The Shakespeare Lonely Hearts Club, a collection of four short plays.

Theatre Nouveau has cast its first production for 2024, The Shakespeare Lonely
Hearts Club, which will run at The Basil Burwell Theatre in Belfast, opening on Friday,
May 31. This new piece, a collection of four short plays written by Suzanne Ramczyk,
the company’s artistic director, addresses loneliness, particularly among seniors.
“The four categorizations of Shakespeare’s plays – the histories, the comedies, the
tragedies and the romances – provide the overall structuring for this quartet,” said
Suzanne Ramczyk. “Scenes from Shakespeare’s canon are woven into the dramatic
action as an integral part of the characters’ evolving relationships,” she added.
In two of the pieces, the comedy and the romance, two elderly women, living in a senior
residence, navigate friendship and create new ways to counteract their loneliness. In
the history, a divorced couple runs into each other after many years apart. Shakespeare
was a significant part of their former relationship, but can the Bard’s work bring them
back together? In the tragedy, which takes place during a tumultuous civil war, an
isolated elderly woman must find the strength to carry off what could be her final self-
surpassing act.
The cast includes Theatre Nouveau company members, Cory Burns, Susan McConnell
and Kathleen Reilly. Joining them are Maine-based actors, Michael Crockett and Lisa
Stathoplos; and Elaine McKee Bragan is new to the Belfast stage. Boston-based actor
Melanie Winters completes the cast. Camden-based actor Joseph Cote is the Stage
Manager. (photo attached)

Performances are set for May 31, June 1, 7, and 8 at 7:00 pm and June 2 and 9
at 2:00 pm at the Basil Burwell Theatre at 17 Court St. in Belfast, Maine. All tickets are
$20.00. Tickets and information are available at Email


May 31
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Basil Burwell Community Theater
17 Court Street
Belfast, ME 04915 United States
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