Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Come to Life Nov. 13-16

Charlottesville, Va. Piedmont Virginia Community College's Theatre Department presents Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead Nov. 13-16 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the Maxwell Theatre (Black Box) in the V. Earl Dickinson Building.

Directed by Clinton Johnston, this absurdist comedy expands upon the exploits of two minor characters from William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern take center stage as the events unfold in Elsinore Castle. Unable to determine the source of Prince Hamlet's tortured despair, the duo ponders the question of fate as their predetermined roles are played out.

A veteran of the local theater scene, Johnston has over a decade of experience acting and directing. He has a Master of Fine Arts in directing from the University of Virginia and is a faculty member in the theater department at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton. PVCC's production features both PVCC students and actors from the community.

This award-winning play was written by Tom Stoppard, known for using wordplay, wit and comedy while addressing philosophical concepts in his works, which include Shakespeare in Love and Empire of the Sun. He received the 1968 Tony Award for Best Play for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, and the play went on to become a major motion picture.

All tickets are $5. General seating in the Maxwell Theatre is limited. No late seating is allowed. Tickets are available by calling the PVCC Box Office at 434.961.5376 and charging them to a VISA or MasterCard, or by purchasing them at the PVCC Box Office window beginning two hours before the performance.