Springfield, Ohio — The Acting Company, an organization that promotes theater and literacy with a touring repertory of classical productions, talented young actors and teaching artists, will make a return engagement to Wittenberg University for a Witt Series-sponsored performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in Kuss Auditorium at the Clark State Performing Arts Center.
The Acting Company, which has performed 133 productions for more than two million people in 48 states and nine foreign countries since its founding in 1972, will present William Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet. At 2:10 p.m. that day, cast members will also instruct a master class for theatre students in Chakeres Memorial Theatre, part of the organization’s stated intent to “build a discerning national audience for the theatre,” and engage as many students as possible through educational programming.
The Acting Company is widely acclaimed for developing young actors by introducing them to classic plays as well as more modern works, and then allowing them to take part in the organization’s annual nationwide tours. The Acting Company has earned a wide range of awards and honors, including the Obie Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Citibanks’s Excellence in Education Award, two Audelco Awards and a TONY Honor for Excellence in Theatre.
The Acting Company was first founded by famed actor John Houseman and producing director Margot Harley, along with members of the Drama Division at The Julliard School. In the nearly 40 years since its founding, The Acting Company has performed in more than 50 cities to audiences numbering more than 70,000 each year. Its impressive list of alumni includes Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone and Frances Conroy.
The Acting Company has made several appearances at Wittenberg over the years, including performances in 2001, 2004 and 2005. The last show took place on Jan. 14, 2005, when The Acting Company produced another Shakespeare classic,The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Tickets for the production of Romeo and Juliet are available at no cost at the service desk in Wittenberg’s Benham-Pence Student Center by calling (937) 327-7443, or at the Clark State Performing Arts Center box office by calling (937) 328-3874. There will be a free shuttle service running between the student center and the performing arts center the evening of the performance.
The Witt Series brings distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the Wittenberg campus and Springfield community. This event, like all Witt Series events, is free and open to the public. To make special arrangements, reserve a Series poster, or become a friend of the Witt Series, contact Jeannine Fox at (937) 327-7470 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by: Ryan Maurer