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K-State Today

February 23, 2018

McCain Performance Series kicks off March with Shakespeare, Austen

By Sarah Keegan

Two literary classics are coming to the McCain Auditorium stage as the Aquila Theatre presents Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" as part of Kansas State University's McCain Performance Series.

"Hamlet" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, and "Sense and Sensibility" will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2.

Known as one of the most complete portrayals of the human psyche that exists in Western literature, Shakespeare's epic "Hamlet" is a tale of familial discord, personal ambition, love and revenge. Written over four centuries ago, "Hamlet," with its pronounced themes of morality and madness, remains one of the classics of the world stage.

Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" takes place in a time where choices were limited, especially for women. Two sisters are faced with courtship, love, seduction, heartbreak and surprise after the unexpected death of their father. The sisters and their mother are forced to leave their comfortable lives while their half-brother and his wife inherit the family estate.

Tickets for both productions are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428. Tickets for Kansas State University students are half-price. Other discounts are available for seniors, military, university faculty and staff, and for groups of 10 or more.