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Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 13-15, at 7 p.m. in the Catawba Theatre

As preview to upcoming performances of Shakespeare plays

WINSTON-SALEM – Next week, the School of Drama at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will host three lectures about the life, times, work and legacy of William Shakespeare.

“Please feel free to join us for any or all of these kick-off events to our semester-long investigation of Shakespeare’s work,” said School of Drama Dean Carl Forsman.

“The Shakespeare Colloquium,” as it has been dubbed, has been created to provide future audience members and Shakespeare fans insight into the man and the myth as the School of Drama prepares to present four of the Bard’s plays from February through April.

The lectures will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 13-15. (Please note: The time changed from 7:30 p.m. as previously announced to 7 p.m. Also, there will not be a lecture on Thursday, Jan. 16, as previously announced.)

The lectures will be in the Catawba Theatre of Performance Place on the UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St.  Admission is free.

Carl Forsman

Carl Forsman

Monday, Jan. 13: The Shakespeare Semester

The four directors of the spring Shakespeare productions (guest artists Stephen Fried, Gus Kaikkonen and Susan Fenichell and Dean Forsman) will discuss the meaning of Shakespeare in performance today. They will be joined by the award-winning actress Rosemary Harris and UNCSA Drama Dean Emeritus Gerald Freedman.

Tuesday, Jan. 14: Shakespeare, the Man

Wake Forest University Professor of English Olga Valbuena will discuss the historical Shakespeare, attempting to locate him within the context of his time and place.

Wednesday, Jan. 15: Shakespeare in the American Theatre

Bob Mason, the casting director of the Chicago Shakespeare Company (one of America’s largest theatres devoted to Shakespeare), will discuss the role Shakespeare plays within the contemporary professional theatre.

The School of Drama and the School of Design and Production at UNCSA will present four of the Bard’s plays during the spring semester. They are:

  • Henry V, Feb. 19-23. Shakespeare’s classic tale of heroism and national identity will be re-spun as a fable about the American discovery of British history. An exciting, adventurous tale of leadership with a new twist. Directed by Guest Artist Stephen Fried. In The Gerald Freedman Theatre, Performance Place, UNCSA.
  • The Winter’s Tale, Feb. 26-March 2. Shakespeare’s darkly comedic investigation into the cost of jealousy spans 16 years and the European continent, featuring a magical statue and a man-eating bear. Directed by Guest Artist Gus Kaikkonen. In the Catawba Theatre, Performance Place, UNCSA.
  • 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.

All the plays feature Drama students from Studios 3 and 4.

For information about tickets to the plays and to reserve your seat, contact the Box Office at 336-721-1945, or purchase tickets online at: www.uncsa.edu/performances.

For more information about these and other UNCSA performances, visit: www.uncsaevents.com.