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American Shakespeare Center returns to Sewanee with Antigone and The Winter's Tale

Thanks to a generous donation to the School of Letters, the American Shakespeare Center returns to Sewanee November 7 and 8 with Sophocles' Antigone and Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. The performances in Guerry Auditorium are free and open to the public.

Antigone—Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. with period music from the company beginning at that time.

In the aftermath of her brothers’ bloody war, Antigone is left torn. Her brother Eteocles will be honored, but her brother Polyneices will be shamed and denied funeral rites. In this ancient tale, Antigone stands for morality in spite of punishment as one of the earliest heroines in drama. Sophocles’ drama from 441 BC holds startling relevance today, examining divinity, obedience, and law—and how love overcomes them all.

The Winter's Tale—Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. with period music from the company beginning at that time.

Shakespeare’s magnificent late play is a roller-coaster ride from romance to tragedy to comedy and finally to a place of transcendent beauty that few other works of art have ever achieved. “A sad tale’s best for winter,” but after unleashing a wintry tempest onto his characters, Shakespeare ultimately conjures spring’s miraculous rebirth.

Anticipating the performance of A Winter's Tale to be given by members of the American Shakespeare Center (in Guerry Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. on 8 November 2018), English Department and School of Letters professors Pamela Macfie and Ross Macdonald discuss several of the play’s memorable features. In another video clip, English Department Professor Bill Engel reflects more particularly on the theme of Ovidean Echoes and Memory, focusing on Shakespeare’s portrayal of the closing statue scene. Visit the English Department's website for more the interviews: http://english.sewanee.edu/news/two-faculty-reflections-on-a-noteworthy-shakespearian-drama-the-winters-tale.php

The performances are sponsored by the School of Letters, the Sewanee Performing Arts Series, the office of the Dean of the College, and the Classics, English, and Humanities Departments.