Portland, September 14th, 2013. Cygnet Productions is raising funds to stage the Tony Award-winning play, Mary Stuart, by Friedrich von Schiller, newly translated by Peter Oswald. This  production marks a new collaboration between Cygnet and The Northwest Classical Theatre Company.

The campaign launch party in July drew dozens of theatre fans.

The campaign launch party in July at the home Hap and Dorothy Sermol drew dozens of theatre fans.

Luisa Sermol (in her black costume) will play Mary Queen of Scots.

Luisa Sermol (in her black costume) will play Mary Queen of Scots.

Mary Stuart will star award winning actor, Luisa Sermol as Mary Queen of Scots and nine other actors drawn from both companies. According to Cygnet Artistic Manager, Louanne Mouldovan, when funding is in place the company will be ready to produce the show for the Northwest Classical Theatre Company’s next season (2014-15), in the month of December.

Here’s some information about the play: Mary Stuart, former Queen of Scots, is imprisoned in England, where her very existence poses a threat, both personal and political, to her Protestant cousin, Elizabeth I. As Elizabeth hesitates over decreeing her rival’s fate, Mary pleads for a face-to-face meeting – but in the swirl of intrigue that surrounds both women, whom can either one trust?

The kickoff party for the fundraising campaign featured 16th Century Scottish and English dishes and period libations, live entertainment featuring Scottish serenades by Dorothy Sermol, and excerpts from the play.

Gayle Stuwe Neuman and Philip Neuman played authentic handmade instruments like those used in the 16th century.

Gayle Stuwe Neuman and Philip Neuman played authentic handmade instruments they fashioned after those used in the 16th century.

Dorthy Sermol, Susan Schilke and John Schilke

Dorthy Sermol, Susan Schilke and John Schilke

Chris Lattig and Gordon Convoy

Chris Lattig visited with Gordon Convoy, whose bagpipe added an authentic tone to the evening.

More information about the production can be found at Cygnet Productions by calling (503) 230-8827.

 

 

 

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