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Samford to Host Shenandoah Express

Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2001-02-27

Shakespeare Shenandoah Express will present performances of The Alchemist and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead at Samford University's Wright Center Recital Hall Monday, March 12. The public is invited free of charge.

The troupe will present The Alchemist, Ben Jonson's masterpiece satire on greed and hypocrisy, at 11 a.m., and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard's funny companion piece to Hamlet, at 7 p.m.

Shenandoah Express, the touring arm of Virginia-based Shenandoah Shakespeare, is an ensemble that performs under conditions closely approximating those for which Shakespeare wrote. The cast of 11 actors aims to give audiences the same experiences that an Elizabethan playgoer would have enjoyed, such as thrust staging and universal lighting.

The Alchemist, the story of what happens when two brilliant and shameless con men go to work on the citizens of London, is full of unforgettable characters and outrageous situations.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern shows the Dane's story from the point of view of Hamlet's school chums. A 20th century classic, the work has won a Tony Award for best play and become a major motion picture.

The performances are sponsored by the Samford Department of English. For information, call the English department at 726-2946.


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