The American Shakespeare Company, a vibrant and diverse group of actors hailing from Staunton, Virginia, will be joining us virtually this semester. On Sept. 25, a gender-bending Othello, featuring an acclaimed performance by Jessika Williams, will be livestreamed outdoors to an audience seated in the main quad (or in Guerry if it is rainy). And on Oct. 16, we’ll be treated to a livestream of Twelfth Night. Both performances will begin with live (streamed) music at 6:30, followed by the 7 p.m. performances at the Blackfriars Theatre in Staunton. Both livestreams will be followed by talk-backs with the actors.
In the first, following Othello, the company's actors will engage questions of race and performance; issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the ASC; and the performance of Othello as a call to racial justice. In the second, following Twelfth Night, the actors will engage what it is to play Shakespeare in a time of pandemic. Our Sewanee audience(s) can participate in the talk-backs by sending questions (in real time, via the chat function on Zoom or through an appointed moderator) to the actors. The performances themselves won't be zoomed; they will be filmed live and made immediately available through a special url.
Sign up at this link to join the fun Friday, Sept. 25, for Shakespeare in the Quad and our first performance, Othello.
Attendance limited to the first 100 people to sign up. A waitlist will be established for those who follow.