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Actors from the London Stage Bring Shakespeare to Ursinus

Five London actors are bringing Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet to the Ursinus College stage and will host workshops for aspiring actors and playwrights during a week-long residency at the college March 13-18.

Actors from the London Stage — one of the oldest established touring Shakespeare theater companies in the world — will visit various Ursinus classes across multiple academic disciplines with the aim of cultivating an appreciation of Shakespeare’s works and enhancing students’ critical reading and thinking abilities, and developing presentation and team-building skills.

The group is based in England, and academic tours are booked under the auspices of Shakespeare at Notre Dame at the University of Notre Dame.

The residency concludes with a full-length Shakespeare production featuring minimal props, costumes, and a set while showcasing the talents of the unique five-member ensemble. Performances are Thursday, March 16 at 4:30 p.m.; Friday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lenfest Theater in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center on the Ursinus College campus.

Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for faculty and staff, and $20 for the public. Ursinus students can purchase discounted tickets for $2 30 minutes before the show at the Box Office. For tickets, visit ursinus.edu/tickets.

“The workshops will get students on their feet and bring the texts to life,” says Matthew Kozusko, an associate professor of English at Ursinus who teaches and performs Shakespeare. “As for the performances, AFTLS offers dynamic and inventive Shakespeare that engages all audiences, from newcomers to veterans.”

David Walters ’18, an English and theater double major, is looking forward to the visit. A Shakespeare fan since he was a child, Walters says, “I hope to learn some acting tricks from them, but more than that, I want other people to gain an appreciation for Shakespeare.”

“His works influence my thinking inside and outside of class every day,” Walters says. “There are constant parallels between his works and the more modern literature we usually study. I love Shakespeare because he speaks to timeless issues, and is an expert on the human condition.”

Actors from the London Stage visits approximately 20 colleges and universities per year, giving students and faculty around the country a chance to experience the performing arts program. –By Ed Moorhouse

 

Watch Matthew Kozusko talk about Shakespeare’s lasting appeal: