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UofL Theatre to present ‘The Tempest’

by John Chamberlain, communications and marketing last modified Sep 17, 2013 10:40 AM

The University of Louisville’s Department of Theatre Arts will perform “The Tempest,” a romantic play by William Shakespeare about shipwrecked kings and fools who learn to temper revenge with mercy.

Performances will be 8 p.m. nightly Sept. 25 ‒ 29, plus a matinee at 3 p.m., Sept. 29, in Thrust Theatre, 2314 S. Floyd St.

The production includes the entire uncut text. “The Tempest” is thought to be Shakespeare’s last play and many people consider it to be one of his most enjoyable.

“‘The Tempest’ is a tale of romance filled with magic, beauty, revenge, repentance and forgiveness,” said Rinda Frye, chair of theatre arts and the play’s director.

Audience members should expect some changes in characters’ genders, which will not change the essence of the play, and an acrobatic Ariel through the use of aerial silks to simulate flying, Frye said. This production marks the first time UofL Theatre has used aerial silks.

Show tickets are $15 for the general public and $12 for faculty, staff, students and senior citizens. Season tickets for all five productions this season are available. Prices are $65 for the general public, $50 for UofL students and employees and people age 65 and over. For tickets and information, call 502-852-6814 or visit Theatre Arts.

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