February 9, 2014 12:33:05 AM
Shakespeare's popular tragedy that plums the depths of jealously and rage launches the 2014 spring Lyceum Series at Mississippi State.
"Othello" will be performed at the university Feb. 20 by veteran actors of the Virginia-based American Shakespeare Center. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium.
To provide some pleasures enjoyed by playgoers of Shakespeare's time, the program will feature universal lighting that enables actors and audience members to see each other.
Both at its home -- the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton -- and on the road, the American Shakespeare Company regularly employs staging conditions similar to those used during the English Renaissance of the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The goal is to help break down the traditional barriers between performers and those who've come to appreciate their work.
Because of continuing Lee Hall renovations, all Lyceum seating this year is general admission only.
Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased at lyceum.msstate.edu/#!series-events.
While on campus, members of the ASC troupe also will lead workshops for students and teachers at both MSU and Golden Triangle secondary schools. The outreach is made possible through a Cross College Research Award sponsored by MSU's Office of Research and Economic Development and funded by the Shackouls Honors College.
The two other Lyceum Series events of the 2014 spring semester will include a Feb. 27 production by the Koresh Dance Company and a special April 6 performance of "The Miracle Worker" by the Montana Repertory.
For additional information on all Lyceum events, contact series director Amelia Treptow at 662-325-2930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.