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Department of Theatre and Dance

THE TEMPEST at Drayton Hall Theatre | April 15-23

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 8:00pm

Theatre South Carolina

The Tempest

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Robert Richmond

April 15-23, 2016

Drayton Hall Theatre
1214 College St.

Show Times:

Friday, April 15: 8pm
Saturday, April 16: 8pm
Sunday, April 17: 3pm
Wednesday, April 20: 8pm
Thursday, April 21: 8pm
Friday, April 22: 8pm
Saturday, April 23: 3pm & 8pm

$12  |  Students
$16  |  USC Faculty/Staff, Military and Seniors 60+
$18  |  General Admission

Box Office: 777-2551
Or purchase in person at Longstreet Theatre.  Box office opens April 8.
Box Office Hours: 12:30pm - 5:30pm, Monday - Friday

The dates of the production coincide with the University’s exhibition of an original Shakespeare First Folio, published in 1623.  The first comprehensive collection of Shakespeare’s plays, the Folio marked the first printed appearances of classic plays such as Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest — works that might have been lost to history had they not been published.  The University of SC was chosen as the only location in SC to exhibit the First Folio, which is on a nationwide tour sponsored by Washington DC’s Folger Shakespeare Library (owner of the largest collection of surviving Folios in the world).  The First Folio will be on display at Thomas Cooper Library from April 14-30.

The production’s final performance is also perfectly timed for two major Shakespeare anniversaries.  April 23 is widely believed to be Shakespeare’s birthday, and is definitively the date of his death 400 years ago in 1616. 

One of Shakespeare’s last plays (written between 1610-1611), The Tempest still has a transcendent power to captivate audiences with its enthralling tale of romance, revenge and redemption.  Prospero, the unlawfully exiled Duke of Milan, has lived on a remote island with his daughter, Miranda, for twelve years — enough time to study and perfect his skills in the realms of magic.  When Antonio, the brother who usurped Prospero’s title, sails near the island, the powerful sorcerer conjures a storm which forces his betrayer’s ship ashore, and carries out a supernatural scheme to enact vengeance, restore his rightful nobility and, finally, find peace.

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