The American Shakespeare Center brings true Elizabethan Shakespeare to life at their Blackfriars Playhouse and on tour. Instead of using the typical modern staging of most Shakespeare companies, they utilize techniques common to William Shakespeare’s time like playing with gender roles, actors doubling as multiple characters and universal lighting.
This year marks the fourth annual visit to the University of Texas campus. The traveling group will be bringing its performance to Austin on one of its stops across the country. This time around, ASC is performing Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (my personal favorite of his comedies) and The Duchess of Malfi. Considered to be one of the best Elizabethan non-Shakespearean plays, The Duchess of Malfi was accompanied by a lecture presented last night by the English Department, Shakespeare at Winedale and Mary Lu Joynes Endowment in the Plan II Honors Program. For those unfamiliar with these two works, Twelfth Night is Shakespeare at his funniest in a twisting plotline complete with all the typical Shakespearean tropes: forbidden love, over the top characters and timeless humor. John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi is a darker side of similar themes exploring betrayal, and family feuds, often prominent in Shakespeare’s tragedies as well.
Twelfth Night – February 12 at 7 p.m.
The Duchess of Malfi – February 13 7 p.m.
Hogg Auditorium (at the intersection of Inner Campus Dr and 24th St)
2300 Whitis Ave.
Austin, TX 78712
$15 for general admission and $10 for students, as well as UT faculty and staff.
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