Mary Baldwin Graduate Students Present Blackfriars/Staunton Premiere of Timon of Athens

March 14, 2011

Mary Baldwin University’s MLitt/MFA program in Shakespeare and Performance continues its 2010–2011 theatre season with William Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens. Directed by MFA directing candidate Edward Sheehan, this production will be the first time the play has been performed at Staunton’s Blackfriars Playhouse.

One of Shakespeare’s later works, Timon of Athens is a darkly comic look at man’s obsession with money and parallels the current financial crisis. Timon, played by Brett Sullivan Santry, is the wealthiest man in Athens, known for his lavish lifestyle and his generosity. Soon, however, his money runs out and Timon learns that kindness is not always rewarded. Stunned by the miserliness of his friends, Timon retreats to the woods to live a life free from human cruelty. Santry is joined by a company of Mary Baldwin graduate students and local actors that include David Ashton, Will Campbell, Robby Cantrell, Jeff Chips, Brian Falbo, Jessi Malicki, Bonnie Morrison, David Santangelo, and Melissa Tolner. Local musician Valerie McQueen is the production’s music director and is featured performing six covers of songs by Robin Hitchcock. This production is being presented in partial fulfillment of the Master of Fine Arts degree for director Edward Sheehan.

Performances on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 are in the King Theatre at Stuart Hall, and the final performance is Sunday, March 20, 2011 at the Blackfriars Playhouse. All show times are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free and the show is open to the public. Contact Edward Sheehan at 540-849-6633, for more information.