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Shakespeare Festival at Penn State Fayette Jan. 26-30

1/16/2009 —
Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus will host a week of events Jan. 26-30, including two performances of Shakespeare plays, as the Shakespeare Festival returns to campus for 2009. The National Players from the University of Maryland, America’s longest-running classical touring company, and Shakespeare-in-the-Schools, a popular regional touring company from the University of Pittsburgh, will be featured.

Highlights of the week include two performances, open to the public:

•    A two-hour performance of As You Like It  by The National Players will take place Monday evening, Jan. 26, from 7-9 p.m. in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium in the Community Center.

•    Shakespeare-in-the-Schools will present a 55-minute adaptation of Macbeth Friday afternoon, Jan. 30, from noon-1:15 p.m. in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium in the Community Center.

Both performances are free, but tickets are required. Call 724-430-4271 to obtain tickets.

The festival week also includes two Shakespeare workshops. Both are open to the public; tickets are not required for the workshops.

•    “Actors’ Journey Through Shakespeare,” a demonstration presented by cast members of the National Players acting company, on Tuesday, Jan. 27, noon-2 p.m. in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium in the Community Center.

•    “Bringing a Shakespeare Speech Alive,” a demonstration presented by Shakespeare-in-the-Schools, on Wednesday, Jan. 28, noon-1:30 p.m. in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium in the Community Center.

Rounding out the week are special Shakespeare-related exhibits in the Penn State Fayette Library available for public viewing, including “Shakespeare’s Stratford,” a guest exhibit of photographs taken by Dennis Brestensky; a display of Fayette Campus Shakespeare books, videos, CDs and DVDs; and unique and imaginative projects created by students from previous Introduction to Shakespeare classes at the Fayette Campus. Library hours are: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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