University Theatre Presents William Shakespeare's ‘The Winter's Tale’

October 06, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi held its opening performance of William Shakespeare's “The Winter's Tale” on Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Warren Theatre in the Center for the Arts.

Other performances will continue from Wednesday, Oct. 15, through Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m.

Directed by Kelly Russell, Associate Professor of Theatre and Director of Department of Theatre and Dance, choreographed by Dance Professor Jilissa Cotten, and re-enacted by University theatre students, this tragi-comic fairytale weaves the mysterious and extraordinary story of a man consumed by an inexplicable jealousy that destroys his family, his kingdom and himself.

King Leontes of Bohemia suspects his wife, Hermione, and his friend, Polixenes, of betraying him. When he forces Polixenes to flee for his life, Leontes sets in motion a chain of events that leads to death, a ferocious bear, an infant left in the snow, young love, and a statue coming to life.

“William Shakespeare earned the respect that he has been given as one of history’s greatest playwrights,” said Russell.  “His plays almost always include events and characters that keep audiences on the edge of their seats, as well as important themes and ideas that leave viewers pondering important personal and social issues. It’s the type of show I want to see when I go to the theatre.”

Russell says that “The Winter’s Tale” is one of his favorite plays because it deals with the possibility of forgiveness and redemption. It also incorporates moments of hysterical comedy and rousing dance numbers.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $6.50 for students, and $5.50 for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi students with a valid SandDollar$ ID at the door. Group rates are also available. For information or to purchase tickets, go to http://cla.tamucc.edu/theatre/productions/2014/Shakespeare%20Winter.html.