2008-02-14 / Scene

UM-Flint performs ‘The Winter’s Tale’

Steve Quimby plays Florizel and Jenny Amble plays Perdita in the UM-Flint production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’ this weekend at the university.Steve Quimby plays Florizel and Jenny Amble plays Perdita in the UM-Flint production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’ this weekend at the university.By Kelly Skarritt
VIEW Staff Writer

FLINT — Although many are familiar with Shakespeare’s tales Romeo and Juliet and Othello, they may not be as familiar with his The Winter’s Tale — a dark romantic comedy about a king’s fateful misunderstanding and paranoia about his wife and a childhood friend

Theater enthusiasts will enjoy one of Shakespeare’s early plays, which some have speculated is a parody of the story of Ann Boleyn, the queen beheaded by King Henry VIII in 1536 because she could not produce male heirs.

The Winter’s Tale, set in the fictional realm of Sicilia, tells the story of two kings and a mistaken assumption on the part of one which leads to death and heartache. Although the story is tragic at first, it ends on a happier note, where love triumphs and the truth wins out.

This Shakespearean tale will be retold through Feb. 17 at the UM-Flint Theater, 303 E. Kearsley St. The production is directed by Carolyn Gillespie. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Sundays, Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for students and seniors.

To purchase tickets in advance, call 810-237-6520 or 810-237-6522 or visit www.umflint.edu.

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