Supported by the University Theatre and The Commons
Presented in in conjunction with the University Theatre production of Sycorax, running from March 29-April 4.
Jane Barnette, Theatre
Alysha Griffin, Theatre
Geraldo Sousa, English
This spring, the University Theatre presents a regional premiere of Sycorax, the story of the mother of the “servant-monster” Caliban, written as a prequel to The Tempest, by Susan Gayle Todd. This tragedy imagines the life of the witch Sycorax as an Algerian healer who rises to power only to be scapegoated by powerful men.
The question “Why Rewrite Shakespeare?” was asked by The New Yorker in a 2016 article. Noting that the work of Shakespeare is reinterpreted and adapted frequently, this discussion will interrogate the article’s central question, with specific attention to Sycorax, which features predominantly female voices. The program will also include performances of excerpts from Sycorax by KU theatre students.