(February 2007)

Contact: Patty Roberts, 318-869-5747, or Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120

Shakespeare's Blackfriars Stage Company Returns to Centenary College March 14-17

SHREVEPORT, LA — Shakespeare's Blackfriars Stage Company returns to the Centenary College campus for its annual residency March 14 — 17.

The popular troupe will present A Midsummer Night's Dream at 7 p.m. March 15 and 1 p.m. March 17, Julius Ceasar at 7 p.m. on March 16, and Cyrano de Bergerac at 7 p.m. on March 14 and 17. All performances will take place in Kilpatrick Auditorium in the Smith Building at the corner of Woodlawn and Kings Highway.

Tickets (cash or check only) cost $15 for adults, $13 for military and those over 65, $10 for students and $8 for groups of 10 or more. Group tickets must be reserved and paid for in advance. Additionally, those who buy one adult ticket to Centenary's production of Hair and one adult ticket to any BSC performance can get both tickets for $25.

Tickets will be on sale beginning March 5 at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse box office. Box office hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday — Friday. During those hours, reservations can be made by calling 318-869-5242, but tickets must be picked up by 4 p.m. on the day of the show. Tickets will be available in Kilpatrick Auditorium one hour before each performance. For sold-out performances, a waiting list will be started in Kilpatrick one hour before each performance. No-show seats will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis 15 minutes before curtain.

About the Productions

  • A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, directed by Jaq Bessell: This play's theatrical spell is powerful enough to make audiences of all ages believe in anything. Lovers lost in the woods succumb to magical potions, legendary Greek heroes dispute issues of art, rude mechanicals rehearse a play in the woods, and the Queen of the Fairies falls in love with an ass-headed man. This play is Shakespeare's hilarious tribute to all one can imagine.

  • JULIUS CAESAR, directed by Colleen Kelly: In this profoundly moving and deeply human tragedy, Shakespeare presents a world spinning out of control; a world of honorable men moved by their immobility to horrible and desperate acts. Julius Ceasar is a dazzling masterpiece of betrayal, violence and perhaps most surprisingly, love.

  • CYRANO DE BERGERAC, directed by Jim Warren: Enormous wit, tremendous bravery, gigantic spirit and gargantuan nose. Cyrano is passionately in love with the glorious Roxane, but believes that she could never love him as he is. He uses his poetry to woo his great love on behalf of the beautiful Christian, whom Roxane thinks she loves. Years pass and Cyrano finally learns the answer to the question he could never ask.