Sweet Briar hosts American Shakespeare Center

| September 7, 2012

Patrick Earl as Ferdinand in “The Duchess of Malfi.” Photo by Michael Bailey.

Sweet Briar College will host a performance of “The Duchess of Malfi” by Staunton’s renowned American Shakespeare Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 in Murchison Lane Auditorium in the Babcock Fine Arts Center.

Written by English Renaissance playwright John Webster, “The Duchess of Malfi” tells the story of “one of the stage’s greatest women and two of its greatest villains,” according to the American Shakespeare Center’s website. “[S]ibling rivalry, forbidden love, unquenchable ambition and ensuing madness” are some of the themes highlighted in this “brutal and astonishing” play. The production is part of the company’s 2012-2013 Tempt Me Further Tour.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 10. Seating is general. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students and free for children younger than 12 and for members of the Sweet Briar community. To reserve tickets, contact the box office at [email protected] or (434) 381-6120. To order by credit card, visit www.lynchburgtickets.com. An informal, complementary reception will follow the performance.

The American Shakespeare Center was founded in 1988 as the Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, but has been operating under its current name since 2005. It is the company’s mission to “recover the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education.” Located in Staunton, the ASC’s Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theater and is open year-round for productions of classic plays, which have been acclaimed by The Washington Post, the Boston Globe, National Public Radio and others. More information is available at americanshakespearecenter.com.

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