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Defy the Stars Auditions (Exact Dates TBD)

Alumni Scott Watson

Date and Time

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM




As a part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations in 2018, the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival plans to produce Defy the Stars, by alumni playwright Scott Watson.  The play follows two actors being held at the Westerbork Transit Camp in the Netherlands in July 1942.  In order to save themselves and others from deportation to Auschwitz, these actors stage a production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Watson graduated from GVSU in 2009 with a B.A. in Theatre, and currently works as an actor and playwright in New York City.

This production will be cast with alumni actors.  Alumni will also direct and design the production.  Alumni who are interested in being involved should e-mail Katherine Mayberry at to join a mailing list for future information.  An audition for alumni actors will take place in early 2018 with the date to be determined, and applications for directors and designers will be available in late 2017.

More information to come.


Katherine Mayberry at


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