Friday, July 26, 2013

Shakespeare in Winedale Visits Austin: The Tempest, August 19, 2013 and Henry IV, Part I, August 20, UT Union

UPDATE: Michael Lee's 2-minute feature at KUT-FM, July 19 

Shakespeare in Winedale 2013
comes to Austin

Shakespeare in Winedale University of Texas
The Tempest, August 19 and Henry IV, Part I, August 20
7:30 p.m.
Shakespeare at Winedale 43rd Summer Season
performing at the ballroom of the Texas Union, 2247 Guadalupe - click for map

Shakespeare at Winedale’s 2013 Summer Class will showcase their productions of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and King Henry IV, Part One as part of their summer tour. There will be only one performance in Austin of each play: The Tempest on Monday, August 19 and Henry IV, Part I, onTuesday, August 20 at 7:30pm. 

Tickets are $15 for general admission or $10 for student ID holders, UT staff, and faculty and may be ordered online through the Shakespeare at Winedale website or by calling (512) 471-4726.
The Tempest tells the tale of Prospero, the supplanted Duke of Milan, and his young daughter Miranda, both of whom have been stranded together on an island for twelve years. With the magic he has learned, Prospero conjures a tempest that strands his wrong-doers on the same island. The Tempest follows the shipwrecked passengers as they fight to survive amidst the magic and monsters that inhabit the island. Elissa Russell, who plays Miranda in The Tempest, finds that the unique environment of Winedale enhances the beauty of the play. “Performing in the barn is entirely different than performing on a normal stage. You’re surrounded by nature and removed from society, which adds an aspect to the plays that you can’t get everywhere else.” Assistant Director (and former Winedale Prospero) Bob Jones says “The Tempest is one of Shakespeare’s most beautiful plays, both in terms of the richness of its poetic language, and in its themes of grace, reconciliation, and forgiveness.”

King Henry IV, Part One tells the tale of Prince Hal and his journey from street rat to a young King Henry V. As the play begins he associates with the fat, drunk knight Falstaff, and commits theft with the scum of England. As his father’s war with the fiery Hotspur wages on, he becomes what his father had hoped: “A son who is the theme of honour's tongue.” Cody Chua, playing the lovable Falstaff, says Henry IV is a play “that reflects well the wonder of Shakespeare’s versatility and wit. As one of his best history plays, if not the best, it has so much not only of pleasure but of pathos, and passion. We can meditate on the fragility and innocence of an old, fat man, and at the same time we can laugh at his wit, and his blunders.”

Shakespeare at Winedale is a University of Texas program in which students study and perform Shakespeare at the Winedale Historical Complex near Round Top. Since its founding by English professor James Ayres in 1970, the program’s unique, hands-on approach has brought Shakespeare’s words to life for hundreds of students and thousands of audience members. University students from many disciplines and backgrounds work together for six weeks at Winedale, ending their summer with four weekends of performances in a converted nineteenth-century hay barn.

For a full schedule of performances or more information about the Shakespeare at Winedale program, please visit our website: or contact the Program Coordinator Liz Fisher at (512) 471-4726 or
When the students complete their work in residence, they will also tour to Dallas, as well as the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, home to the world’s only historical recreation of Shakespeare’s Blackfriars stage.

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