Saturday, March 23, 2019

'Shakespeare’s Lost Masterpiece' at Center Players Dessert Theater

Center Players Dessert Theater will present the East Coast premiere of Shakespeare’s Lost Masterpiece at Center Playhouse, 35 South St, in downtown Freehold, NJ from April 5-14, 2019. 

This black box production of Larry Americ Allen’s controversial play will be directed by Darrell Lawrence Willis, Sr. The play centers around a burnt-out professor of literature who discovers that a homeless man unknowingly has Shakespeare's lost manuscript. When the man refuses to surrender the priceless manuscript, the professor shows he is willing to do anything to obtain the play. Full of twists and turns and ruthless integrity, the play is a seductive journey climaxing into a heavenly-hellish ending. Patrons are warned that the work contains explicit language and themes. 

On Saturday, April 6th, there will be a special performance featuring pre-show appetizers and beverages, and a talk back after the performance with the playwright who is traveling from San Francisco to celebrate the east coast premiere. Coffee and desserts will follow the talk back and will allow for further discussion with the playwright, director and cast. 

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets for are priced at $25-27 and are available online at or by calling 732-462-9093. Tickets for the special April 6th performance and reception will be $35. 

Following this production, Center Players will present Dial M for Murder, written by Frederick Knott and directed by Dave McGrath, running May 17 - June 16. Rounding out the season will be Josefina López’s Real Women Have Curves, directed by Bernice Garfield-Szita, with performances July 26 - August 18. 

Celebrating its 18th season at Center Playhouse, Center Players is a respected, award-winning organization, presenting high quality, engaging productions featuring local talent in downtown Freehold. In addition to their signature plays, the group also sponsors free play reading events and offers dinner and theater packages with several local restaurants. 

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