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‘The Tempest’ runs through March 13

Cast members (from left) Emily Watlinton, Brian Spillman and Josh Wilkinson rehearse a scene from
Cast members (from left) Emily Watlinton, Brian Spillman and Josh Wilkinson rehearse a scene from "The Tempest," which opens March 8. (Photo by Kyle Kurlick)

JACKSON, Tenn.Feb. 27, 2007 – The Union University Players will present their production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in the W.D. Powell Theatre March 8-13.

The play is a comedy, featuring lovers who learn the importance of abstinence and brothers who learn to forget and forgive.

Prospero, played by senior Josh Wilkinson, starts the show looking for revenge against his younger brother, Antonio, who had betrayed him and taken his rightful role as Duke of Milan, according to director David Burke.

“But through the happenings in the play, Prospero learns to forgive and then they can all start anew again,” Burke said. “It’s really a beautiful play all about realization, reconciliation and new beginnings.”

Burke also said the performance reminds the viewer of the necessity for grace. “Where I am in my life right now, I need grace,” he said. “Just watching it heals me, and the actors are ministering to me through the message.”

The play begins at 8 p.m. nightly, except for the March 11 performance, which will be a 2:30 p.m. matinee. On opening night March 8, finger foods will be served after the performance, and Burke encourages everyone to stay and visit with the cast.

Tickets are $4 for all students, $7 for general admission. For ticket information or to make reservations, call the Union box office at (731) 661-5105.

By Kimberly Wilkinson ('07)

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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