American Shakespeare Center performs on UT campus
Tue, January 24, 2012
The cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo by Michael Bailey.
The American Shakespeare Center will return to Austin for its third annual visit to the University of Texas campus. Direct from the stage of the American Shakespeare Center's celebrated Blackfriars Playhouse, the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor theatre, the ASC touring troupe brings Renaissance drama to life in exciting and accessible performances. On February 22 and 23, at 7:00 pm in the Student Activity Center's Black Box Theater, the ASC's touring troupe will perform Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream and John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore.
The American Shakespeare Center (formerly the Shenandoah Shakespeare Express) has gained a national reputation by performing according to the principles of the Renaissance stage. Careful attention to the language, a fast and fluid performance style, and a creative use of music and dance are hallmarks of ASC productions. Actors and audience share the same lighting, as they would have in Shakespeare’s playhouse, encouraging an intimate and festive atmosphere.
Wed, February 22, 7:00pm
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s theatrical spell is powerful enough to make audiences of all ages believe in anything. Shakespeare’s mischievous comedy of lovers, heroes, fairies, and rude mechanicals is his tribute to humankind’s power of imagination.
Thurs, February 23, 7:00pm
'Tis Pity She's a Whore by John Ford
John Ford’s brilliant re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet leads audiences deep into a story of passion, lust, vengeance, greed, incest, and murder. After almost 400 years, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore’s tale of forbidden love remains controversial, shocking, and theatrically spellbinding.
Performances will take place on the UT campus in the new Black Box Theater at the Student Activity Center.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online in advance through the Shakespeare at Winedale web site. Seating is limited so advance ticket purchase is recommended.
The theatre will open for seating at 7:00 pm. At this time, live pre-show music will also begin. The performance will begin at 7:30 pm. Seats for the performances are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so audience members are encouraged to arrive early, take their seats, and enjoy the music.
There will be a post-show discussion with members of the company immediately after A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
This visit is made possible by the English Department, Shakespeare at Winedale, SHOUT, the Mary Lu Joynes Endowment in the Plan II Honors Program, the School of Undergraduate Studies, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the study of Core Texts and Ideas, the Center for European Studies, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, and the Department of Theatre and Dance.
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