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Stacy P. Sherman
Marketing Specialist
Ph: (262) 472-5705
Email: [email protected]
Date: February 20, 2015
Two Great Theatre Classics Coming to the Young Auditorium Stage
WHITEWATER – Young Auditorium is on American Shakespeare Center’s (ASC) 2015 tour. The ASC
Touring Troupe will present two great stage performances of classic, entertaining tales. ASC performs
Christopher Marlowe’s “Doctor Faustus” on Tuesday, March 10th at 7:30 p.m. and Shakespeare’s
comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” on Wednesday, March 11 th at 7:30 p.m. Both events feature an
optional “Soundbites” event at 6 p.m. in the Young Auditorium main lobby. Soundbites are pre-show
discussions pertaining to the event given by a member of the cast or production company. The
auditorium is located at 930 West Main Street in Whitewater (on the UW-Whitewater campus). Ticket
prices for each show are as low as $15.50.
In “Doctor Faustus,” the main character grows dissatisfied with the limits of traditional knowledge – logic,
medicine, law, and religion – and decides that he wants to learn to practice magic. His friends Valdes
and Cornelius instruct him in the Black Arts, and he begins his new career as a magician by summoning
up Mephistopheles, a devil, and bargaining with his soul.
“Much Ado About Nothing” is a classic comedic Shakespearean play. It combines elements of robust
hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame, and court politics. Through interspersed with
darker concerns, it is a joyful comedy that ends with multiple marriages and no deaths.
ASC guest director, Benjamin Burns, reflects, “Much Ado about Nothing is that unique work of literary
art that is generally liked by scholars, critics, and the average theatre-goer. There’s a little something for
everyone: hilarious prose, romantic poetry, the young love of Claudio and Hero, the comical cynicism of
Beatrice and Benedick, the nihilistic malevolence of Don John and his compatriots, the challenges of
parenthood, the thrill and danger of gossip, the fear of commitment, the joy of love, two full dance
scenes, and no fewer than three songs. Shakespeare gives us all this and still finds time to poke fun at
ASC co-founder and artistic director, Jim Warren, states, “Christopher Marlowe and William
Shakespeare were both born in 1564 and eventually became two of the most important playwrights in
the golden age of English literature. That sounds lofty. They were also just amazing writers who wrote
great plays.”
The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, recovers the joys and accessibility of
Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its
practices through performance and education. Founded in 1988 as Shenandoah Shakespeare
Express, the organization became the American Shakespeare Center in 2005 and can be found
online at
The Young Auditorium serves as a presenting organization for the performing arts and as an
educational and cultural center enriching the lives of regional communities, offering a full season of
world-class performing arts presentations. Tickets for any show can be purchased online, by calling
the Box Office at (262) 472-2222, or in person. The Greenhill Center of the Arts Box Office is located
inside the UW-Whitewater Center of the Arts building near Barnett Theatre on the UW-Whitewater
Campus (930 West Main Street in Whitewater). The Young Auditorium is adjacent to this building,
and parking is always free at the venue. To learn more, visit or
follow at