(January 15, 2010)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Traveling Troupe Brings Elizabethan Plays to Marjorie Lyons Playhouse


SHREVEPORT, La.— The American Shakespeare Center on Tour, the touring arm of the American Shakespeare Center and the Blackfriars Playhouse, brings its Rough, Rude, and Boisterous Tour to the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse on the Centenary College campus Tuesday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 31.

The traveling troupe will perform The Knight of the Burning Pestle by Francis Beaumont along with two plays by William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well and Romeo and Juliet.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students, and can be purchased at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse. For more information, contact the MLP box office at 318.869.5242. Specific performances and times are listed below:

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet
Directed by Jim Warren
Jan. 26 and 27 at 7 p.m.
Jan. 31 at 2 p.m.

With its ravishing language and uproarious comedy, Romeo and Juliet celebrates love's triumph and its trivialities. Verona's walls embrace the volatility of youth as well as the wisdom and restraint that often escape young and old alike. Dance, athleticism, and swordplay share the stage with sonnets, bawdy wit, and soul-searching speeches in this profoundly human and always surprising masterpiece.

The Knight of the Burning Pestle

The Knight of the Burning Pestle
Directed by Jim Warren
Jan. 28 and 30 at 7 p.m.

Imagine Homer and Marge Simpson buying tickets to a Chekhov play and then climbing on stage to redirect the show with Bart as the star, and you have some idea of the fun Beaumont unleashes in The Knight of the Burning Pestle. Loaded with laughter and song, this play is a celebration of the way Elizabethan audiences expected to be a part of the action.

All\'s Well That Ends Well

All's Well That Ends Well
Directed by Jim Warren
Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.

In this funny, wise, and bittersweet comedy, Shakespeare paints a sly portrait of the human condition in all its motley colors. As her reward for curing the King of France of an unsettling affliction, the clever and tenacious Helen receives the hand of Bertram, her heart's desire. Unfortunately, Bertram's heart has other desires. In its world of soldiers and clowns, countesses and commoners, All's Well That Ends Well tricks us into believing that lies are true and that truth is fantasy — a dark fairy-tale filled with laughter, miracles, and re-birth.

Operating from the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in historic Staunton, Virginia, the American Shakespeare Center is an internationally acclaimed theatre company that performs Shakespeare's works under their original staging conditions on a simple stage, without elaborate sets, and with the audience sharing the same light as the actors.

Direct from the stage of the American Shakespeare Center's celebrated Blackfriars Playhouse, the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor theatre, the American Shakespeare Center On Tour boasts nearly two decades worth of global touring experience. This elite troupe stands as one of America's foremost providers of quality entertainment to performing and fine arts centers on both sides of the Atlantic.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 371 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.