National Players to present Shakespeare, Homer plays
Friday, November 8- Saturday, November 9
Time: 7 p.m. Central Time/8 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Forest Park High School auditorium, Ferdinand, IN
Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, will once again host
the National Players, America's longest-running classical touring
company, as it presents plays on November 8 and 9.
On Friday, November 8, the actors will
perform William Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors." On Saturday,
November 9, the performance will be "The Odyssey," adapted from the
epic by the classic Greek poet Homer. Both performances are free
and open to the public.
The performances will be held in the Forest Park High School
auditorium in Ferdinand, IN. Both performances will begin at 7 p.m.
Central time / 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Currently a program of Olney Theatre Center in Maryland,
National Players has earned a unique name and place in American
theater history. Over the last 65 years, the acting company has
performed in the East Wing of the White House; in Europe, Asia and
the Middle East for American military; and throughout 42 states and
Known for its talent and commitment to excellence, National
Players has brought literature to life for more than 2.8 million
audience members, many in areas isolated geographically or
economically, or who would otherwise never see quality live
performances of classic plays.
In Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors," the action surrounds
two sets of identical twins. Take one set of identical twins
separated since birth, add a second set as their servants, and
throw them all into the same town for a single day. Confusion
abounds and hilarity ensues as everyone in the town tries to figure
out why these people are behaving so strangely today.
In Homer's "The Odyssey," Odysseus is
victorious as he departs from Troy and heads home, embarking on a
10-year voyage that will test his wits and perseverance far more
than wartime duty ever did. Upon his ultimate arrival, Odysseus
learns that home is far different than what he expected; and that
his greatest battle has yet to be fought.
There is no charge for the performances or a need for
reservations. The programs will serve as tickets and will be
distributed beginning 30 minutes before show times. The doors to
the auditorium will open 20 minutes before the show times. Some
seats will be reserved for the hosts from Saint Meinrad Archabbey
as well as Forest Park High School.
The National Players' performances at Saint Meinrad are made
possible through a grant from the B.J. Killian Foundation. For more
information, contact Mary Jeanne Schumacher during business hours
at (812) 357-6501.