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Amadeus (Leviathan Theatre Company)

Leviathan Theatre Company Transforms “Amadeus” into an Opera of Words at Common Ground Theatre

Jay O’Berski, artistic director of Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and director of the Leviathan Theatre Company’s current production of Amadeus, states that his goal was “rehabilitating [Peter Shaffer’s 1979] play from it’s strong associations with the Academy Award®-winning 1984 film,”; and he has certainly accomplished that. Employing elements of Comedia Dell’Arte and movements which… Read More ›

Lynda Clark (left) and JoAnne Dickinson star as Lotte Schoen and Lettice Douffet in University Theatre at N.C. State's presentation of Peter Shaffer's 1987 comedy "Lettice and Lovage"

“Lettice and Lovage” Stars JoAnne Dickinson and Lynda Clark Add New Laurels to Their Acting Crowns

Raised by a flamboyant single mother, who supported herself and her daughter by performing all-female productions of Shakespeare’s plays in rural France, Lettice Douffet comes by her grandiose Drama Queen gestures honestly; and JoAnne Dickinson makes her a real pip. But it is Lynda Clark who steals the show as the straitlaced Lotte Schoen loosens up, and confesses to a misspent youth that matches — and, in some cases, exceeds — the checkered past of Lettice Douffet.

Lynda Clark (left) and JoAnne Dickson star as Lotte Schoen and Lettice Douffet in University Theatre at N.C. State's presentation of Peter Shaffer's 1987 comedy "Lettice and Lovage"

JoAnne Dickinson and Lynda Clark Will Star in Peter Shaffer’s “Lettice and Lovage” at TheatreFest 2012

“Never one to copy what I have done before,” says “Lettice and Lovage” director John C. McIlwee, “I have gone out of my way to find new characteristics in Lettice Douffet and Lotte Schoen that I can play upon with such talented and individualistic actresses as JoAnne Dickinson and Lynda Clark. They are both unique performers and bring new notes to this marvelous script.”

"Amadeus" stars Michael Urie and Ray Dooley

“Amadeus” Stars Michael Urie and Ray Dooley

The PlayMakers Repertory Company of Chapel Hill and the North Carolina Symphony of Raleigh will present a joint production of English playwright Peter Shaffer’s heavily fictionalized 1979 stage play, “Amadeus,” starring “Ugly Betty” actor Michael Urie as Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and PlayMakers mainstay and arguably the Triangle’s finest actor Ray Dooley as Mozart’s “friend” and rival, Italian composer Antonio Salieri, on Dec. 3-5.