UNCSA PRESENTS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S DARKLY COMIC
Performances February 26th through March 1st at 7:30 pm, and March 1st and 2nd at 2 pm
Catawba Theatre, Performance Place, UNC School of the Arts
Tickets $13-15. (336) 721-1945
NEW: Susan Harlan, an English professor at Wake Forest University, will hold a Talk-Back after the 2 p.m. Saturday (March 1) performance.
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The School of Drama and the School of Design & Production at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts present The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s dark comedy portraying jealousy, intense romance, fortuitous events and strange adventures. The production will be guest-directed by noted Shakespeare scholar and former artistic director of the Riverside Shakespeare Company in New York City.
“Anyone familiar with Shakespeare’s works instantly associates this play with his most famous stage direction . . . Exit, Pursued By A Bear,” notes Drama Dean Carl Forsman. “With Gus Kaikkonen at the helm, we’re attacking this production with the appropriate level of ferocity, I can assure you.”
Known for his passionate pursuit of his work, Kaikkonen welcomed the opportunity to direct one the lesser-known of Shakespeare’s plays. “This production affords our 3rd and 4th year drama students the opportunity to tackle challenges that few professional theatres will offer them,” Forsman said. “Plus, it gives us theatre-goes the chance to experience a rarely staged, but ridiculously entertaining show.”
Shakespeare takes the audience through a twisting, intricate tale of love, accusations, and strife. The King Leontes of Sicilia accuses his wife, Hermione, of infidelity with King Polixenes and puts her in jail, despite her pregnancy. Through his unmatched prose, Shakespeare ingeniously combines humor with pain as his characters traverse a complicated journey that spans well over a decade.
The Winter’s Tale is the second of four Shakespeare productions at the School this spring. Remaining productions include:
· Romeo and Juliet, March 26-30. In a culture of violence and mistrust, two teen-agers defy their parents’ acrimonies and risk everything to be together. Directed by Drama Dean Carl Forsman. In Patrons Theatre, Performance Place, UNCSA.
· As You Like It, April 2-6. Escape with Shakespeare’s sharp-witted and full-blooded heroine Rosalind into the Forest of Arden for a romantic adventure of love at first sight, mistaken identities, and comic mishaps. Directed by Guest Artist Susan Fenichell. In Catawba Theatre, Performance Place, UNCSA.
For information about tickets and to reserve your seat, contact the Box Office at 336-721-1945, or purchase tickets online at: www.uncsa.edu/performances.
For descriptions, details and links to the entire UNC School of the Arts 2013 - 2014 performance season online, visit www.uncsaevents.com.
About Guest Director Gus Kaikkonen
Gus Kaikkonen’s plays have been produced Off Broadway at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Playwrights Horizons, the Production Company, in London at the New End Theatre and the Theatre Museum, Covent Garden in London; and at regional theatres across the US. Awards include grants from the New York State and Michigan Arts councils, the Lecomte du Nouys Playwriting Award, and Thurber and MacDowell Fellowships. The American Theatre Critics Association selected his play, Time Steps produced at the BoarsHead Theatre, as one of the ten best plays to open outside of New York. His musical Cindy Reilly won Michigan’s Thespie Award for Best New Play. His musical People Like Us, written with Todd Almond, won the 2002 New Hampshire Theatre Award for best new play. He has worked as a visiting artist at Juilliard (2004-present), NYU, Hofstra, Ohio State, Hendrix College, Connecticut College, and Louisiana College. He made his Broadway acting debut in the original cast of Equus. Other New York credits include Tommy Tune’s American premiere production of Cloud 9, and The Country Girl with Hal Holbrook.
Mr. Kaikkonen’s directing credits include Off Broadway productions of Antigone (Wall Street Journal Best of 2006) for the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, Arms and the Man, The Gentleman Dancing Master, I Have Been Here Before, and Heartbreak House at the Pearl, Macbeth with Stephen McHattie, Candida with Laurie Kennedy at Playhouse 91, Richard III with Austin Pendleton at Riverside Shakespeare, the New York premieres of Harley Granville-Barker’s The Voysey Inheritance with George Morfogen and The Charity That Began At Home with Kristin Griffith, and The Madras House, all at the Mint, Andrew John’s Fridays with Henderson Forsythe, Trish Johnson’s Second Prize: Two Months in Leningrad with J. Smith-Cameron, and Susan Sandler’s Under the Bed.
From 1990-03 he was the Artistic Director of Riverside Shakespeare Company in NYC, during which time he produced three seasons of works by Shakespeare and Shaw, as well as the world premiere of Iron Bars, by Arpad Goncz, the President of Hungary. Since 1996 he has been the Artistic Director of the Peterborough Players, where he has staged more than 40 plays.
About the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNC School of the Arts is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“the City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972.
For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.
THE WINTER’S TALE
Catawba Theatre, Performance Place, UNCSA, 1533 S. Main
St., Winston-Salem, NC
Produced by the School of Drama and the School of Design & Production at UNCSA
Shakespeare's darkly comedic investigation into the cost of jealousy spans sixteen years and the European continent, featuring a magical statue and a man-eating bear.