Students to present Shakespeare’s ‘Winter Tale’ May 6-8

April 28, 2010

Students of Luther College’s Shakespeare Performed class will present three performances of “The Winter’s Tale” May 6-8 in the Center for the Arts.

All three performances will be in Studio II on the upper level of the Center for the Arts. The performances are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Performances will be Thursday, May 6, 7 p.m.; Friday May 7, 4 p.m.; and Saturday, May 8, 4 p.m. The performances will be based on an abridged version of the play and will last about 75 minutes.

The May 7 performance is in conjunction with the Luther College Research Symposium, which may limit available seating.

“The Winter’s Tale” is one of Shakespeare’s late plays, a moving story of loss and recovery, jealousy and love, sin and forgiveness. The play includes scenes in a formal Sicilian court and in rural Bohemia.

The play includes the most famous stage direction in Shakespeare—“Exit, pursued by a bear.”

The Luther performances draw upon original Renaissance staging practices, including uniform stage and audience lighting, no sets, and eclectic costuming.

Roles will be performed by students of the spring semester English-Theatre/Dance 261 Shakespeare Performed class. Mark Z. Muggli, professor of English, is the course teacher and director.