The Montford Park Players is a non-profit organization which performs Shakespeare and other classic plays during the summer months at the outdoor Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in the Montford Recreation area at 92 Gay Street in Asheville, North Carolina. With a 43 year history, they are North Carolina’s longest running Shakespeare festival. Their 2016 season has proved to be one of their most successful seasons and they are finishing it off with performances of some well known pieces of literature including my personal favorite Pride and Prejudice.
Gregory Roberts-Gassier wrote the screenplay for the performance and in my opinion did Jane Austin’s 1813 novel justice. As a huge fan of the original story, I found myself captivated and entranced at the well written script and the delivery of the actors cast to portray my favorite characters.
Set in England in the late 18th century, the story centers around Elizabeth Bennet and the rich and eligible bachelor, Mr. Darcy. Ellen Soderberg was cast as Darcy, the male lead and suitor to the heroine Elizabeth Bennet and I found myself thoroughly entertained at her rendition of the infamous Mr. Darcy. She captured the stoic sophistication that Mr. Darcy is known for while adding her own unique spin on the timeless classic, making the character and scenarios believable through her acting skills and the script provided by Gregory Roberts-Gassier.
While Pride and Prejudice has ended its season, the Montford Park Players have not finished entertaining us just yet. Their production of the Shakespearean tragedy, Julius Caesar, is set to begin on November 4th and is scheduled to run through November 20th. An added twist to this tale of political treachery is the all female cast and I anticipate to be just as impressed with this production as I was their Pride and Prejudice performance.
While admission is free, donations are accepted in order to keep funding their future events. Julius Caesar will be scheduled Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and on Sundays at 2:30 pm. The play will be presented at the BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St, Asheville, North Carolina and their “off-season” productions will be held indoors for comfortable viewing.
For more information visit:
BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St, Asheville NC 28801