Thursday, April 14, 2011

SBU Theatre Presents Something to Do with Shakespeare

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
417-328-1803 /

NOTE: Media preview Monday, April 25, 7:00 p.m., at Davis-Newport Theater

BOLIVAR, Mo. – “The course of true love never did run smooth,” said William Shakespeare. This quotation is a hint at the storylines of Southwest Baptist University’s production of Something To Do With William Shakespeare, which will be performed Thursday, April 28, through Saturday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m. in the Davis-Newport Theater.

The play was developed by the actors during rehearsals in a process known as devising. The cast used the plays and sonnets of William Shakespeare as source material for their show. The audience can see many favorite Shakespearean scenes and monologues as well as other dialogue and jokes.

In the play, two feuding acting troupes compete for the princess’s hand in marriage. “It’s a rollicking Shakespearean smackdown,”according to Dr. Elissa Sartwell, SBU assistant professor of theatre and director of the show. Dr. Sartwell suggests that while the show is a silly send-up of the world’s most famous playwright, it still keeps the beauty and meaning of Shakespeare’s language intact.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, over the phone at 417-328-1691 or online at Tickets are $2 for SBU students, $3 for SBU alumni, students of other schools, or senior citizens, and $5 for all others. The Box Office will open on April 18 and will be open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


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