Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Monastery,Seminary Event

National Players to present Shakespeare, Homer plays

Friday, November 8- Saturday, November 9
Time: 7 p.m. Central Time/8 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Forest Park High School auditorium, Ferdinand, IN

Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, will once again host the National Players, America's longest-running classical touring company, as it presents plays on November 8 and 9.

Pic _news _comedyOn Friday, November 8, the actors will perform William Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors." On Saturday, November 9, the performance will be "The Odyssey," adapted from the epic by the classic Greek poet Homer. Both performances are free and open to the public.

The performances will be held in the Forest Park High School auditorium in Ferdinand, IN. Both performances will begin at 7 p.m. Central time / 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Currently a program of Olney Theatre Center in Maryland, National Players has earned a unique name and place in American theater history. Over the last 65 years, the acting company has performed in the East Wing of the White House; in Europe, Asia and the Middle East for American military; and throughout 42 states and territories.

Known for its talent and commitment to excellence, National Players has brought literature to life for more than 2.8 million audience members, many in areas isolated geographically or economically, or who would otherwise never see quality live performances of classic plays.

In Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors," the action surrounds two sets of identical twins. Take one set of identical twins separated since birth, add a second set as their servants, and throw them all into the same town for a single day. Confusion abounds and hilarity ensues as everyone in the town tries to figure out why these people are behaving so strangely today.

Pic _news _odysseyIn Homer's "The Odyssey," Odysseus is victorious as he departs from Troy and heads home, embarking on a 10-year voyage that will test his wits and perseverance far more than wartime duty ever did. Upon his ultimate arrival, Odysseus learns that home is far different than what he expected; and that his greatest battle has yet to be fought.

There is no charge for the performances or a need for reservations. The programs will serve as tickets and will be distributed beginning 30 minutes before show times. The doors to the auditorium will open 20 minutes before the show times. Some seats will be reserved for the hosts from Saint Meinrad Archabbey as well as Forest Park High School.

The National Players' performances at Saint Meinrad are made possible through a grant from the B.J. Killian Foundation. For more information, contact Mary Jeanne Schumacher during business hours at (812) 357-6501.