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Actors From The London Stage to Perform on Campus

AFTLS. OthelloActors From The London Stage (AFTLS), a nationally-known troupe of traveling actors, will present Shakespeare’s Othello at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23 in Franklin College’s Custer Theatre in Old Main, located on the corner of Monroe Street and Branigin Boulevard. 

Admission to the production will be free and open to the public.  Tickets will be available the night of the performance only, on a first come first served basis, and will be available for pick up beginning at 7 p.m. at Custer Theatre.  Seating is limited to the first 220 guests. 

Othello is a story about love, jealousy and betrayal.  Othello, newly married to Desdemona who is half his age, is appointed leader of a military operation.  Iago, passed over for promotion in favor of young Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair. 

The presentation of Othello is one component of the AFTLS’s week-long residency at Franklin College. The actors will also be conducting workshops for the college’s students during the week of their residency. 

Actors From The London Stage, a unique educational program developed in 1975, is jointly based in London and the University of Notre Dame. The troupe is made up of five British Shakespearean actors who have experience acting with such companies as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and Shakespeare’s Globe. While in residency, the performers present lectures, and run workshops and seminars for students. Their visit provides students and faculty a chance not only to watch a Shakespearean performance but to discuss literature and theater with talented and experienced professionals.  

For more information, contact the Franklin College Humanities and Fine Arts Division secretary at (317) 738-8271.  

Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential four-year undergraduate liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus located 20 minutes south of downtown Indianapolis.  The college prepares men and women for challenging careers and fulfilling lives through the liberal arts, offering its approximately 1,000 students 36 majors, 39 minors and 11 pre-professional programs.  In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation.  Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA.  For more information, visit www.FranklinCollege.edu.

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