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UPIKE to host Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale

October 31, 2018 12:00 AM
Pikeville, KY
The University of Pikeville will host The American Shakespeare Center (ASC) 2018/19 Hand of Time Tour with a performance of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale on Monday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m., in Booth Auditorium located in Record Memorial Building.
Shakespeare's The Winter’s Tale embodies the sophistication and complex beauty of his later plays. Jealous King Leontes sentences his pregnant wife to death for an alleged affair. The shock of this sends her into labor. After giving birth, she and the baby disappear and Leontes assumes they are dead. Sixteen years pass, bringing the hopefulness of spring and the chance of a happy ending. In The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare challenges audiences to consider jealousy, remorse and forgiveness.
“I remember first reading The Winter's Tale about 20 years ago and being pretty confused by it,” says director Kevin Rich. “My appreciation for it grew when I learned it was one of the last plays Shakespeare ever wrote. Here was a great playwright near the end of his life, having written masterpieces in three genres — tragedy, comedy and history — now branching out and trying new things. The Winter’s Tale is one of those experiments, a genre-defying tale of dangerous minds and powerful hearts. It’s the story of a storyteller and the double-edged sword of a strong imagination.”
Rich is an assistant professor of theatre at the University of Colorado Boulder and previously directed the ASC’s 2016 production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Other directing credits include Edward III at Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Lord of the Flies at Nebraska Repertory Theatre and the premiere of I Heart Juliet at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

The ASC brings a unique performance style, blending Shakespeare’s stagecraft with modern sensibility. The company uses Shakespeare’s Staging Conditions: universal lighting, minimal sets, character doubling, cross-gender casting and live music. Shakespeare’s performance company couldn’t turn the lights out on the audience; actors and audience shared the same light.
The Hand of Time Tour shares light with the audience throughout the performance for a unique brand of audience contact rarely seen in theatre today.
The 2018/19 Hand of Time Tour is the ASC’s 30th annual tour. Founded as Shenandoah Shakespeare Express in 1988, the ASC grew to international prominence and is now the home of the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre in Staunton, Va. ASC on Tour has performed in 46 U.S. states, one U.S. territory and five other countries.
The Hand of Time Tour features Madeline Calais, Hilary Alexa Caldwell, Josh Clark, Topher Embrey, Ally Farzetta, Kenn Hopkins Jr., J.C. Long, Annabelle Rollison, Ronald Román- Meléndez, Constance Swain and Andrew Tung. Thomas J. Coppola is touring troupe manager. Sophia Beratta is assistant touring troupe manager and understudy.

The performance is hosted by the UPIKE Division of Humanities. Tickets for The Winter’s Tale are $5 for general admission and available at the door. Admission is free with UPIKE I.D. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The American Shakespeare Center recovers the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education. Year-round in Staunton’s Blackfriars Playhouse — the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre — the ASC’s innovative programming and “shamelessly entertaining” (The Washington Post) productions have shared the delights of Shakespeare, modern classics and new plays with millions over the past 30 years. Beyond the Playhouse, the ASC is a hub for Shakespeare education and scholarship and also tours from Texas to Maine each year with a repertory of three plays. Founded in 1988 as Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, the organization became the American Shakespeare Center in 2005 and can be found online at

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