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Shakespeare Festival Underway, Four Plays Featured

The Augustana College Theatre is hosting a Shakespeare Festival featuring Knighthorse Theatre Company Sept. 15 - 18 at Augustana’s Edith Mortenson Center Theatre.

The Festival includes four performances featuring Shakespeare’s greatest plays, as well as a workshop for students and the general public.

Plays featured in the Festival include:

  • “Much Ado About Nothing,” 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15
  • “Hamlet,” 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 16
  • “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” 7:30 p.m., Friday, September 17
  • “Macbeth,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 18

Tickets are $5 for the general public and free to K-12 students and those with an Augustana ID. Tickets are available by calling 605.274.5320 or online at www.augietickets.com.

“At Knighthorse, our mission is simple: Make Shakespeare cool again. We do that by making him fun – by getting him off the page and onto the stage, where he belongs. But not just any stage, our stage,” said Tyrus Lemerande, artistic director for Knighthorse Theatre Company. “A Knighthorse stage is absolutely unique – it has no dimensions; no boundaries; no limits. We are not constrained by the ‘fourth wall’ because for us, it doesn't even exist. Actor and audience occupy the same space. We touch you; talk to you; sit down next to you. We turn on all the lights because we need to see you. Only then can we truly share our performance with you. And, what's more, you can share it with each other. After all, going to the theatre should be like going to Fenway Park; it should be a communal experience filled with cheers, jeers, fears and tears.”

Knighthorse will also offer a free workshop entitled, “Words, Words, Words: Leadership and Dynamic Speaking,” at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15. The workshop will offer techniques to invigorate pieces of text for a modern audience.