Opening the season with classics

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The Pro-Art Association and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise are opening the season with several upcoming presentations.

The Life of King Henry the Fifth by the American Shakespeare Company will be presented on at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 16, in the Gilliam Center on campus.

The story of England’s hero-king and the greatest upset in European military history is William Shakespeare’s finale to his great history plays.

More than that, Henry V—at once touching, heroic, savage and comic—explores the nature of greatness and its connection to theatre. Also, perhaps more than any other of Shakespeare’s works, it makes the audience part of the story.

The Importance of Being Earnest will be presented on Sept. 17, at the college’s Gilliam Center.

The play will be staged by the American Shakespeare Center at 7:30 p.m.

Oscar Wilde’s brilliant and wicked comic masterpiece defines wit and style. This “trivial comedy for serious people” is at once blissfully silly and outrageously shrewd.

Even 120 years after its first performance, The Importance of Being Earnest continues to delight audiences with its playful language, charming characters, and a biting look at contemporary society.

The American Shakespeare Center has produced English Renaissance plays, sharing Shakespeare and other early modern works with communities across the country and around the world, since 1988.

Admission to both presentations are free to all.

Programs are partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information or assistance for persons with special needs, visit or call 276-376-4520.

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