Actors from the London Stage
Thu, October 1, 2009
AFTLS is an educational and theatrical program that brings a troupe of five classically trained actors from major English theatres to college campuses for week-long residencies.
Actors from the London Stage, now housed at the University of Notre Dame, is an educational and theatrical program that brings a troupe of five classically trained actors from major English theatres to college campuses for week-long residencies. During their week at the University of Texas, the actors teach approximately 30 classes and workshops and perform minimalist productions of a full-length Shakespeare play – three times at UT and once at Winedale.
Actors from the London Stage at the University of Texas at Austin is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of English. The full-length plays with five actors playing all the parts are minimalist in terms of props and staging, intimate and compelling. The performances emphasize language, characterization, and dramatic energy; the results are startlingly clear and powerful, even magical, for audiences of all ages in a way that large-scale productions in the big theaters of Stratford, London, and New York can never be.
The residencies not only add a unique dimension to UT's education mission, but also strengthen other programs that depend on UT's links with the English theatre, since many of the same people are involved with those as well. For example, one of the Austin AFTLS performances takes place in Winedale's theatre barn and the students in the Oxford Program's Shakespeare in Performance course attend Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre productions in Stratford and London which often have AFTLS actors in them and then meet in workshops with them.
Schedule of Events
The fall 2009 residency will be held September 28 - October 4 at the University of Texas at Austin. King Lear will be performed at the B. Iden Payne Theatre September 3, October 1 & 2. It will then be performed at Winedale October 3.
Wednesday, September 23, 6:30 PM. “'By Order of Law': Shakespeare’s King Lear.” UT Law School, Eidman Courtroom. With Julius Gettman, Professor of Law; Douglas Bruster, Professor of English; Matt Radford, Associate Director, AFTLS; Alan Friedman, UT Coordinator, AFTLS, & Faculty Advisor, Spirit of Shakespeare; and the SOS players performing scenes from King Lear. Free admission.
Friday, September 25, 3 PM. “Love in a Time of Terror: King Lear and the Potential for Consolation” by Dr. Elizabeth Richmond-Garza. Harry Ransom Center, Tom Lea Room. Annual British Studies Shakespeare Talk. Free admission.
Wednesday, September 30, 12 PM. “The Spirit of Scotland in Story and Song” by Caroline Devlin. Harry Ransom Center Plaza. Free admission.
Wednesday, September 30, 7:30 PM. King Lear. Actors from the London Stage Performance (Q & A with actors to follow). University of Texas at Austin, Winship Building, B. Iden Payne Theatre.
Thursday, October 1, 7:30 PM. King Lear. Actors from the London Stage Performance. University of Texas at Austin, Winship Building, B. Iden Payne Theatre.
Friday, October 2, 7:30 PM. King Lear. Actors from the London Stage Performance. University of Texas at Austin, Winship Building, B. Iden Payne Theatre.
Saturday, October 3, 7 PM. King Lear. Actors from the London Stage Performance. Round Top, Winedale Historic Center, Winedale Theatre Barn.
B. Iden Payne Performances on September 30, October 1 & 2 at 7:30 PM
Tickets are $20 for non-affiliated admission and $10 for affiliated admission (UT ID holders, seniors, all college and non-college students). To purchase visit the Performing Arts Center website or call 477-6060 or 1-800-982-2386. Affiliated tickets may be purchased without a service charge in person at the Frank Erwin Center Box Office (M-F, 10 AM - 6 PM) and the Bass Concert Hall Ticket Office (M-F, 11 AM - 2 PM inside lobby and 2 - 6 PM outside ticket window).
Winedale Performance on October 3 at 7 PM (Winedale Historic Center, Round Top)
Tickets are $20 for non-affiliated admission and $10 for affiliated admission (UT ID holders, seniors, all students). To purchase visit the Winedale tickets website.
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