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Published 10/31/2005

Shakespeare Performances Appear at Owens As Part of Atomic Fission Tour, Nov. 10-12

Atomic Fission Tour The Shenandoah Shakespeare Blackfriars Stage Co. will ignite the stage with an awe-inspiring, three-night run of masterful theatre as the group's Atomic Fission Tour makes an appearance at Owens Community College's Center for Fine and Performing Arts, November 10-12. Each night's performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. and occur in the Mainstage Theatre.

"Owens' Center for Fine and Performing Arts is proud to bring such an internationally renowned Shakespeare group as the Shenandoah Shakespeare Blackfriars Stage Co. to Northwest Ohio," said Barbara Barkan, Owens operations manager for the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. "Each Atomic Fission Tour performance will provide audience members with an unforgettable theatre experience."

Direct from the stage of Shenandoah Shakespeare's celebrated Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va., the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor theatre, the Blackfriars Stage Co. boasts nearly two decades of global touring experience. The group regularly makes tour stops in fine and performing arts centers throughout the United States. The three Shakespearean theatrical works appearing at Owens as part of the Atomic Fission Tour include "Much Ado About Nothing," "Richard III" and "Return to the Forbidden Planet," based on "The Tempest."

The magnificent comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" will appear on Thursday, November 10. Attendees will hear about a villainous plot to foil a wedding and a friendly scheme to trick two witty adversaries into admitting their much-denied love for each other.

On Friday, November 11, Shakespeare's first box-office smash "Richard III" will take to the College's Mainstage Theatre. Audience members will thrill to the guilty pleasure of seeing Richard plot his way to the throne with shameless treachery and murder.

Based on Shakespeare's "The Tempest," "Return to the Forbidden Planet" blends Rock n' Roll hits, science fiction and dialogue from the greatest plays ever written in a collision of theatrical proportion. Mad scientist Doctor Prospero's banishment into hyperspace, along with accompanied music numbers, will keep individuals laughing and jamming through an evening of unforgettable entertainment. "Return to the Forbidden Planet" will conclude the Atomic Fission Tour stop at Owens, appearing on Saturday, November 12.

All performances will occur in conjunction with the College hosting the Ohio Shakespeare Conference, November 10-12. Additionally, each theatrical production will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience and cast members.

Tickets for "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Richard III" are $12 for the public, $10 for senior citizens and Owens employees, and $8 for students. "Return to the Forbidden Plant" ticket prices are $15 for the public, $12 for senior citizens and Owens employees, and $10 for students. To purchase tickets visit www.stagetix.com or contact the College's Box Office. For more information about the events, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. ARTS (2787).

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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