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Southwestern Assemblies of God University presents “Shakespeare in Hollywood"Waxahachie, TXFebruary 28, 2012Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s (SAGU) Theatre will perform “Shakespeare in Hollywood” March 1-3, 5 at 7:30 p.m. and March 4 at 3 p.m.

Shows are performed in McCafferty Hall, located in the Administration building on SAGU’s campus: 1200 Sycamore St.
 Waxahachie, TX, 75165. Tickets and additional information is available upon request from theatrearts@sagu.edu.

Tickets and additional information are available upon request from theatrearts@sagu.edu.

SAGU offers a degree program in drama. “Shakespeare in Hollywood” follows recent performances of other well-know plays including “Over the River and Through the Woods”, “The Boys Next Door,” “1984,” “Pride & Prejudice,” “It’s A Wonderful Life,” and “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

About the Play

Ken Ludwig is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose many hits on Broadway, in London’s West End and throughout the world, have made his name synonymous with modern comedy. His work has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and has been performed in at least thirty countries in over twenty languages.

It’s 1934, and Shakespeare’s most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, have magically materialized on the Warner Bros. Hollywood set of Max Reinhardt’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Instantly smitten by the glitz and glamour of show biz, the two are ushered onto the silver screen to play (who else?) themselves. Through various fortuitous events, Oberon and Puck wind up playing themselves in Reinhardt’s movie, and Oberon unexpectedly falls in love with a mortal – Olivia, the actress playing Hermia. Yet another complication takes the form of Will Hays, the motion-picture censor who wrote the prudishly restrictive Hays Code and who is vehemently opposed to what he regards as a licentious script. To get back at Hays, Oberon dispatches Puck to fetch the flower that makes “man or woman madly dote/Upon the next live creature that it sees.” In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, that flower leads to some unintentional couplings; Ludwig takes Shakespeare’s example to even further extremes. With a little help from a feisty flower, blonde bombshells, movie moguls are tossed into loopy love triangles, with raucous results. The mischievous magic of moviedom sparkles in this hilarious comic romp.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

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