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UB Theatre & Dance presents 'The Tempest'

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Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:05 pm

March 6-9 at UB Center for the Arts

The University at Buffalo Department of Theatre & Dance will present "The Tempest" from Thursday, March 6, to Sunday, March 9, in the Black Box Theater located at the Center for the Arts. William Shakespeare's iconic play is reimagined by internationally award-winning director Dr. Kazimierz Braun.

Performance times are Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission; students and seniors are admitted for $10.

"The Tempest" is a poetic and mysterious play. It brings together powerful characters of good and bad people, as well as good and bad spirits. In "The Tempest," Shakespeare uses the structure of a tragedy in which all heroes are doomed to perish, but mixes it with a comedic structure, saving them all.

The action takes place on an enchanted island. The Duke Prospero, a scholar, magician and master of elements, spirits and humans, rules it. Employing his art to provoke a storm, Prospero brings to his island people who harmed him and his daughter, Miranda, in order to punish them.

After a series of unexpected and magical events, love and forgiveness eventually prevail.

The production of "The Tempest," includes the cast of 18 student-actors. The sets, costumes, lighting and sound design are also prepared by students of the department of theatre and dance. "The Tempest" will be performed in two venues in the CFA: the Black Box Theatre and the Rehearsal Workshop.

Braun will direct the production. A Polish native, director, playwright, scholar and teacher, he was artistic director of professional theaters, taught history of theater at the universities, and acting and directing at schools of drama in Poland. Since 1986, he has been a professor at the University at Buffalo's Department of Theatre & Dance. He directed more than 150 theater productions in Poland, the U.S., Ireland, Canada, Germany and other countries. "The Tempest" is his 12th Shakespearian production.

For tickets, visit the Center for the Arts box office (weekdays) or tickets.com. To charge tickets, call 1-888-223-6000. For more information, call 716-645-2787 or visit www.ubcfa.org orwww.theatredance.buffalo.edu.

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