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Love, Marriage, Jealousy, Revenge... The 2014 Murray Shakespeare Festival!

UPDATE: Dr. Rusty Jones braves the snow and ice on Monday, March 3 to come to the WKMS studio for a preview of the festival. Hear his conversation with Tracy Ross in the article below.

Love, marriage, jealousy and revenge are themes featured in this year's Murray Shakespeare Festival, featuring performances of Othello, Henry IV, Part 1 and The Merry Wives of Windsor on Murray State's Lovett Auditorium by the American Shakespeare Center. Tickets to the shows are $7 for MSU students, faculty and staff; $12 for the general public. See the full schedule of performances and special events below.

Full Schedule for 2014 Murray Shakespeare Festival

Thurs.-Sat., March 6-8: 

  • “O” (2001); Cinema International (Curris Center Theater; 7:30 PM; Free Admission)

Monday, March 10:

  • “Shakespeare Flash Mob”: Insult Battle! Curris Center, Rocking Chair Lounge; Noon-1PM (with MSU’s Sock and Buskin Club)
  • ASC Workshops: “Very Honest Knaveries-Shakespeare’s Disguises” (2-3 PM; Fine Arts 111-Johnson Theatre; free); “O Excellent Motion-Performance Clues” (3-4 PM; Lovett; free)
  • Henry IV, Part 1 (Performance; 7-9:15 PM; Lovett)

Tuesday, March 11:

  • Othello (Performance; 10 AM-12:15 PM; Lovett)
  • ASC Workshop: “Shakespeare’s Rhetoric” (3:30-4:30 PM; Lovett Auditorium; free)
  • Lecture, Ashley Ireland (Waterfield Library): "From the Stage to the Page: How Shakespeare's Works became Published" (3:30-4:30 PM; Waterfield Library Classroom 210; free)
  • Othello (Performance; 7-9:15 PM; Lovett)

Wednesday, March 12:

  • Othello (Performance; 10 AM-12:15 PM; Lovett)
  • ASC Workshops: “Wooden O-Shakespeare’s Staging” (2-3 PM; Lovett; free) & “Shaping Fantasies-Playing Multiple Characters” (3-4 PM; FA 111-Johnson Theatre; free)
  • Lecture: Dr. Kathy Callahan (History Dept.): "The World of Young Prince Hal" (3:30-4:30 PM; FH 105; free)
  • ASC event at Playhouse in the Park (5-6 PM; Murray Central Park; donations accepted)

Thursday, March 13:

  • Trip to Murray Elementary School and Murray Middle School w/ Barbara Cobb (8:30-9:30 AM and 10-11 AM)
  • Stage Fighting Workshop: ASC and Matthew Crider, Theater Dept. (3-4 PM; Lovett; free)
  • Gender and Diversity Studies Roundtable with Dr. Josh Adair (3:30-4:30 PM; FH 107; free)
  • Merry Wives of Windsor (Performance; 7-9:15 PM; Lovett)

Friday, March 14:

  • Henry IV, Part 1 (Performance; 10 AM-12:15 PM; Lovett)
  • “Talk Back with the ASC Actors” (after the Henry IV, Part 1 performance in Lovett)
  • ASC workshop for recruitment visitation (workshop, time, and location TBD)

The Murray Shakespeare Festival website.

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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