American Shakespeare Center Returns to St. Lawrence | St. Lawrence University

American Shakespeare Center Returns to St. Lawrence

By Madeleine Frank ’19

The American Shakespeare Center will return to St. Lawrence University for its 26th-annual visit with three new plays. The performances, a part of the “Hand of Time Tour,” will take place Oct. 5 to 7 in the Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall.

The actors will perform “The Winter’s Tale” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5; “The Comedy of Errors” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6; and, Sophocles’ “Antigone” at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. All shows are free and open to the public although tickets are required.

“The Winter’s Tale” is filled with romance, tragedy, comedy and redemption. The story begins when Leontes, the King of Sicily, becomes jealous, convinced that his wife is pregnant with his best friend’s child. The drama thereafter unfolds over five acts.

“The Comedy of Errors” is a farce play centered around long-separated twins and their twin servants. What follows is a mix of mistaken identity, slapstick humor, and word play.

“Antigone,” written by Sophocles and translated by Robin Bond, is the third part of a Greek tragic trilogy, The Three Theban Plays. After the Thebe’s civil war, Antigone is determined to give her now disgraced brother, Polyneices, a proper burial. In “Antigone,” love overcomes all.

Every year, the American Shakespeare Center, home to Blackfriars Playhouse, tours three vastly different plays across the United States. Since 1988, these tours have brought Shakespeare’s original vision to life, including universal lighting, doubling and cross-gender casting.

Tickets are required and are available online at, or at the Gulick Box Office, where they will be available from 1 to 5p.m. Oct. 1 to 5.

For more information, contact the Department of English at 315-229-5125 or visit