Guthrie theater to present "Othello" Feb.26 to 29

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Summer Shakespeare at the University of Notre Dame will welcome the Guthrie Theater of Minneapolis on its national tour of William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Othello” in five performances Feb. 26 and 27 (Thursday and Friday) at 7 p.m., Feb. 28 (Saturday) at 2 and 8 p.m., and Feb. 29 (Sunday) at 2 p.m. in the O’Laughlin Auditorium Theater at Saint Mary’s College.

Admission ranges in price from $12 to $22.50 and tickets are available in advance at the O’Laughlin box office or by calling 574-284-4626.

The production is one of six Shakespearean plays that will tour the country as part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Shakespeare in American Communities initiative. In cooperation with the Sallie Mae Fund and Minneapolis-based Arts Midwest, the project is dedicated to bringing top-quality productions of Shakespeare’s plays to communities across the nation, particularly small and mid-sized cities with limited theater resources.

Summer Shakespeare at Notre Dame is the direct outgrowth of an experimental course called “Shakespeare-in-Performance,” begun in 1989 at the University. Its premise is that Shakespeare’s works are both theatrical “scripts” and literary “texts,” and are illuminated best through work in the theater and in the classroom. Team-taught courses by Shakespeare scholars, who work with theater professionals, focus both literary and theatrical perspectives on each play being produced.

Founded in 1963 by the Irish director Sir Tyrone Guthrie, the Guthrie Theater is a professional, not-for-profit organization that excels in both modern and classical production and has frequently performed Shakespeare.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” ?>

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