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2015 Schedule

American Shakespeare Center Tour


Hamlet |
February 9

Texas Union Theater
Though this be madness, yet there is method in't. - II.ii

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is one of Shakespeare’s most well known tragedies, with its immortal lines and haunting story. Tormented by his father’s untimely death, the young prince, Hamlet, struggles to discern reality from illusion in the rotten state of Denmark as he copes with the loss of his father, his mother’s remarriage, and life’s biggest questions. For centuries, audiences have seen themselves in the brilliant, troubled prince at the center of this ghost story, comedy, seven-murder revenge thriller, and philosopher’s gold mine.

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Doctor Faustus |
February 10

Texas Union Theater
Had I as many sould as there be stars,
I'd give them all for Mephistophilis.
- Scene 3

The American Shakespeare Center will end their UT tour with a performance of Christopher Marlowe’s thrilling tragedy Doctor Faustus. Based on the classic German myth, the tale of Doctor Faustus chronicles one academic’s deal with the Devil to gain knowledge and power. Marlowe weaves a shocking and contemporary tale of the struggle between good and evil, championing what is most daring in the human spirit. In his masterpiece that predates almost all of Shakespeare’s plays, Marlowe breathtakingly conjures Helen of Troy, the Seven Deadly Sins, angels, demons, and Lucifer himself, before dragging Faustus to Hell.

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Spring Class Performance


Love is a familiar; love is a devil.                                              There is no evil angel but love.   -I.2

Love's Labour's Lost Preview | April 28

Texas Union Theater

Love's Labour's Lost |
May 1 & 2

Winedale Theatre Barn

The King of Navarre and his three best friends swear off women for three years, dedicating their lives to their monastic studies. Enter the Princess of France and her ladies in waiting, turning the whole court upside down. In this sparking comedy about the lengths to which people will go for love, Shakespeare invites us to a “feast of languages” with bumbling country folks, clever servants, and a besotted Spaniard.

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45th Summer Season


Twelfth Night |

July 16 - August 9

Winedale Theatre Barn
O time! thou must untangle this, not I;
It is too hard a knot for me to untie!
- II.2

One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, Twelfth Night sends audiences on a roller coaster of love and mistaken identities. When Viola is shipwrecked on the foreign coast of Illyria, believing her twin brother drowned, she disguises herself as a boy, only to fall in love with the Duke she now serves, who loves Olivia, who is loved by Malvolio, who is hated by everyone. This play is a delightful and bewildering comedy that highlights the madness that afflicts all lovers.

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Henry V |

July 17 - August 9

Winedale Theatre Barn
And let us, ciphers to this great accompt,
On your imaginary forces work.

From the palaces in London to the vasty fields of Agincourt, Henry V leads his troops in an all-or-nothing quest for the crown of France. But this campaign will test the limits of bravery and loyalty of Henry and his men. Henry V is a stunning exploration of the human spirit in the face of war.

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Pericles |

July 18 - August 9

Winedale Theatre Barn
To sing a song that old was sung,
From ashes ancient Gower is come,

Facing pirates, bawds, assassins, shipwrecks, and goddesses, Pericles must sail across the entire Mediterranean in search of love and family. Adventure after adventure follows, no matter where his ship lands. But miracles are possible in this fairy tale full of twisting destinies and divine intervention.

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John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi |

July 24 - August 9

Winedale Theatre Barn

Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust,
Like diamonds, we are cut with our own dust.
- V.5

When the high-born Duchess of Malfi falls in love with her household steward, they hide their secret marriage from the Duchess’ powerful and ambitious brothers. But when the lovers are discovered, the brothers unleash the most horrific kind of revenge possible. This twisted tale of sibling rivalry, forbidden love, and unrestrained madness is a gorgeous piece of poetry from one of Shakespeare’s greatest contemporaries, John Webster.

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AFTLS Performance


A Midsummer Night's Dream |

October 17

Winedale Theatre Barn

Lord, what fools these mortals be! - III.ii

Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetrius – but Demetrius is supposed to marry Hermia. When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods, only to wander into a fight between the king and queen of the fairies. Magic and mischief in the moonlight make for one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies about love and a donkey.

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