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Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company at CMU

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Central Michigan University, Moore Hall, Townsend Kiva Theater
401 E. Ottowa Court
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859 (989) 774-3115
Cost: FREE

The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company makes its first visit to Central Michigan University with a performance of Shakespeare and Station Eleven, and Richard III. The performances are free and open to the public with general admission seating. Tickets are not required.

Emily St. John Mandel's novel Station Eleven follows a group of Shakespearean actors who travel through the Great Lakes region after a ?u epidemic has wiped out a majority of the population. Pigeon Creek, a touring company based in Grand Haven, Michigan, will perform a program of scenes from multiple Shakespeare plays with a narration that connects those plays to Mandel's novel.

Richard III is a dramatization of English history, taking place after the devastating Wars of the Roses, a series of civil wars which have left England in disarray. Richard, Duke of Gloucester, aspires to the throne, and is ruthless in eliminating those who stand in his way. Despite his villainous actions, Shakespeare makes Richard a charismatic and engaging character who includes the audience in his plots, making the spectators into co-conspirators.

These performances are sponsored by the Critical Engagements initiative within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the Department of English Language and Literature, the Department of History, and the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts. Critical Engagements features guest speakers, panel discussions, special events and a selection of featured courses in several academic areas that explore an annual theme. The theme for 2018-19 is "The End of the World: Crisis, Turning Points, Renewals."

For more information, contact English faculty member Nate Smith at 989-774-3115 or smith2nb@cmich.edu.

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