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Shakespeare Tackles Jealousy at Princeton’s Berlind Theatre

October 30, 2007

(Princeton, NJ) “A sad tale’s best for winter; I have one of sprites and goblins.” So says the boy Mamillius in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, the annual Fall Show of Princeton University’s Program in Theater and Dance, a division of the University’s Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. The Winter’s Tale shows Shakespeare, in the final stage of his theatrical career, stretching the boundaries of both tragedy and comedy to create a play unique in its form and lacerating in its exploration of the havoc that the sprites and goblins of a jealous imagination can wreak.

Directed by faculty member Tracy Bersley, a New York-based director and choreographer, this reimagining of Shakespeare’s play takes place in the memory of its leading character – an attic library of regret and recrimination designed by Jeffrey Van Velsor, a longtime collaborator of Ms. Bersley’s.

The Winter’s Tale features an undergraduate cast including Kut Akdogan ‘10, Paul Bangiola ‘11, Sara-Ashley Bischoff ’09, Will Ellerbe ’08, Becca Foresman ’10, Jess Harrop ‘08, Irfan Kherani ’11, Heather May ’10, Georgina Sherrington ’08, Mary Cait Walthall ’08, Sam Zetumer ’09, and Adam Zivkovic ‘10. The cast also includes Pulitzer prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, Chair of Princeton’s University Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, and his son, Asher Muldoon.

The Winter’s Tale will be performed at the Berlind Theatre of the McCarter Theatre Center on November 9 and 10, and November 15-17 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $15, and may be ordered by calling (609) 258-ARTS or (609) 258-9229. The Winter’s Tale has been made possible by a generous grant from the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project.

The University Center for the Creative and Performing Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Center for Creative & Performing Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a full range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee. For more information about the University Center for Creative & Performing Arts visit

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