First Folio is Gone, but Love for Shakespeare Continues
Didn't get a chance to check out William Shakespeare's "First Folio" exhibit at the Arizona State Museum?
You can still celebrate the bard, and the 400-year anniversary of his death, by attending two Shakespeare productions being produced by the UA's Arizona Repertory Theatre through early April.
It is unusual for a theater to produce multiple Shakespeare plays at the same time, using a single cast, but director Brent Gibbs was up for the task.
Gibbs, associate professor and artistic director in the School of Theatre, Film and Television, and certified fight director for the Arizona Repertory Theatre, is directing both "The Comedy of Errors," which runs through April 2, and "The Tempest," which runs through April 3.
Tickets are available online at theatre.arizona.edu, or by calling the Fine Arts Box Office, 520-621-1162.
On March 30, UA employees are students encouraged to wear UA apparel to "The Tempest" to show their Wildcat spirit. That night, those who purchase and wear the black-and-white 2015-2016 Arizona Repertory Theatre season T-shirt will receive a coupon for a free concession. T-shirts are $12 at the Fine Arts Box Office, and sales benefit the UA theater program.
In addition, a free showing of "The Tempest" will take place on March 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Geronimo Plaza, located in Main Gate Square.
Kevin Black, an associate professor of practice in the School of Theatre, Film and Television, acts in the plays, playing Prospero in "The Tempest," and the Duke in "The Comedy of Errors."
Black, who has been a professor for the last 10 years, said it is fairly unusual but every few seasons or so, he finds himself acting along with his students.
This harkens to a "great tradition of mentoring," so newer members of a company get an opportunity to work closely with more experienced members of the company, he said. "We’re all in the trenches together."
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