American Shakespeare Center's Restless Ecstasy Tour

Sponsored by English Department, Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film, Bonchek House, Brooks House, Schnader House, Ware House

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
7:30 p.m.

The American Shakespeare Center is based in Staunton, Va., where the actors specialize in developing original Renaissance stage conditions. Their home stage is a historical reconstruction of the Blackfriar's Theatre, Shakespeare's indoor theater.

The touring group tries to replicate these conditions as closely as possible, including features such as performing with the house lights on, and inviting audience members to sit in "gallants' stools" on the stage itself. This means that performances are highly interactive with audience involvement.

Curtain for Macbeth is at 8 p.m. in the Roschel Performing Arts Center. The performance runs about one hour and 45 minutes without intermission.

The actors will be on stage for a musical performance at 7:30 p.m. This, in part, warms the audience up to their unconventional performance style.

The actors will be holding a Shakespeare Acting Workshop for Franklin & Marshall students during the universal free hour. The workshop has limited seating. If you are interested, contact Prof. Ray Bossert at

This event is open to the public.

Free; no tickets required.

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