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July 27, 2000 - VOL. 27, NO. 17

Shakespeare at Winedale presents 30th annual festival


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Round Top, Texas — For the 30th consecutive summer, the words of Shakespeare will ring out in an old barn in Fayette County, as The University of Texas at Austin Shakespeare at Winedale program presents its annual season of three plays. This year's season, which opened July 20, includes Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It and Pericles, Prince of Tyre, as well as a special reunion performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Performances will run Thursdays through Sundays, with weekend matinees, through Aug. 13. After that the students will make their third annual trip to England to work on a variety of different stages, including those of Shakespeare's Globe and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

UT Austin English Professor James B. Ayres, who founded the program in 1970, is directing his final class this summer. Next summer, his former student, James Loehlin, will direct the class at Winedale, while Ayres will teach Shakespeare in performance at Oxford University. In recognition of his work at Winedale, Ayres was recently given the highest honor of the College of Liberal Arts, the Bene Pro Meritis Award.

Ayres began the Shakespeare program "to design a new approach to the teaching and learning of dramatic literature that would bridge the gap between the academic and theatrical studies of Shakespeare's plays." At the suggestion of Miss Ima Hogg, he took a group of students out to the historic property at Winedale that she had restored and donated to the University. That first class took the imaginative leap of turning a 19th century German hay barn into an Elizabethan theatre, and Shakespeare at Winedale was born.

Every summer since, Ayres has taken another group of students on this same voyage of discovery. The program has gained international renown in recent years, performing Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream at the newly restored Globe Theatre in London.

To commemorate this 30th summer, a group of students from throughout the history of the program will give a special performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 2 p.m.

There will be a cocktail reception and barbecue supper following for former students and friends of the program. Early reservations for the play, the reception and the supper are encouraged.

For the other weekends the plays will be presented in rotating repertory, so audiences can see all three plays on a single weekend. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m., matinees at 2 p.m. On Saturdays, the famous Winedale German Stew will be available after the afternoon performance.

Tickets for the plays are $5; The Merry Wives of Windsor performance is $10. Reservations may be made through the Winedale Historical Center office at (979) 278-3530. Information about the performance schedule, reservations, overnight accommodations and restaurants in the area is available on http://www.shakespeare-winedale.org.


August 2, 2000
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