‘Silence,” set in 10th century England, to be performed at William Woods

Silence-Ymma-Roger-AgnesA play described as “Shakespeare meets Monty Python’s blithering knights at the end of the first millennium” will be produced at William Woods University in February.

“Silence,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25-27, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Feb. 27 in Cutlip Auditorium. During the production, the audience will sit on the stage with the actors, creating an intimate performance space.

Written in 1999 by Moira Buffini, “Silence” is set in the 10th century A.D., a time of fear and uncertainty when Viking raiders were a constant threat. Princess Ymma of Normandy is forced by England’s King Ethelred to marry a young Viking, Lord Silence of Cumbria, who actually is a 14-year-old girl.

Bride and groom forge a pact to keep this secret and exploit Silence’s male advantages, but events conspire to send them dashing through the mud of England, fleeing an enraged despot’s murderous rampage.

preview_silence Cast members are WWU students Laura Liebhart as Ymma; Melissa D. Williams as Agnes; James Baker as Eadric; Koriie VanWinkle as Silence; Chandler Bramstedt as Roger. Alumnus T.J. Green will play Ethelred.

Members of the tech crew are Joella Vermiere, stage manager; Brandi Traylor, sound designer/operator; Ryan Stocker, lighting designer and house manager; Caitlyn Ney, props manager; Jessica Fleeman, assistant property manager; Olivia Davidson, costume manager; TJ Pyatt, dramaturg; Jodie Dolan, and Kayla Hampton, stage crew; Bria Plato, light board operator; Sage Gosset, house crew; and Sarah Williams and Jessie Trapp, box office.

Melissa Alpers-Springer will direct this production. Jane Friedman will provide costume design.

Ticket prices for “Silence” are $7 for students, faculty and staff; $10 for adults; and $6 for seniors, (62+).  The play is for mature audiences only. The box office opens Feb. 15. Call 573-592-4267, or go to showtix4u.com to purchase tickets.