Literature Road Trip

Students See Richard III in Cemetery
by Erica Adams  

Believe it or not, in college, sometimes field trips do exist. On Sunday, September 21, the world literature and British literature classes, along with other English majors and YC students, participated in an event that left audiences with a great performance and a well-spent evening.

The trip participants journeyed to Lincoln, NE, to see William Shakespeare’s Richard III performed by one of the most unique acting ensembles around. The play was put on by Flatwater Shakespeare, which is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that prides itself in performing the works of Shakespeare. The name 'Flatwater' comes from the Native American translation of Nebraska.

The performance of Richard III was held at the Swan Theatre, an outdoor stage in Wyuka Cemetery. Emily Bogue, a junior from Topeka, Kansas, participated in the event, and commented on how much she enjoyed the performance. "The theater was in a cemetery, which was a little creepy at first," says Bogue. "Good thing it was within some walls so we couldn't see the graves throughout the show! There was a stage in the middle, so close to us that we could have touched the actors at times, and chairs were set up on either side of it. It was interesting to see a play in a different perspective like that."

Bogue also commented on the professional quality of the production. "The actors were all very excited to be in this show, which was evident in their enthusiasm."

Overall, about thirty-five students and faculty, including English professors Bev McNeese, Kent Ross, and Summer Dickinson, along with Tim McNeese, were in attendance from York College out of an estimated audience of one hundred. This outing, including tickets and transportation, was funded by Mr. McNeese and the History Department.

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