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Shakespeare at Alden Theatre in McLean - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Mar 19,2019
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From left: Topher Embrey, Josh Clark, Annabelle Rollison, and Andrew Tung appearing in American Shakespeare Center’s “The Comedy of Errors.” Photo by Lauren Rogers Parker/Courtesy American Shakespeare Center

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By David Siegel

MCLEAN - American Shakespeare Center has a loyal following of devoted fans who can’t always make it to the Center’s home in Staunton, Virginia, said Sarah N. Schallern, Director, Performing Arts, McLean Community Center. “Bringing ASC to The Alden affords this Shakespeare-loving town the opportunity to see authentic performances close to home.

“I love how visceral their productions are,” said Schallern. “ASC makes Shakespeare accessible in a way that even the best producers of the Bard cannot. I see presenting such vital productions as a huge benefit to the community — our patrons get a deeper understanding of Shakespeare and other classics.”

ASC will perform three different classics at the Alden. The productions include:

Sophocles’ “Antigone,” an ancient tale about the aftermath of war. Antigone is torn. Her brother Eteocles will be honored, but her brother Polyneices will be shamed and denied funeral rites. What will Antigone do?

Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” is a boisterous comedy of twins, mistaken identity, a jealous wife, and more. Slapstick humor and happy confusion abound.

Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” is a ride from romance to tragedy to comedy to a place of transcendent beauty. A sad tale “best for winter,” that Shakespeare conjures into spring’s miraculous rebirth.

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