Performing Arts Series presents “Women of Will” Nov. 28 & 29

  • on 28 Nov 2012
  • Tennessee Williams Center
tina packer

The Performing Arts Series and the Department of Theatre Arts present Tina Packer’s Women of Will, a “ground-breaking work that explores the creative evolution of William Shakespeare’s consciousness through his depiction of women.” A true tour de force performance, Women of Will: The Complete Journey is the masterful summation of Packer's 40-plus years spent investigating all things Shakespeare. An expansive, thrilling, wholly engrossing look at the female characters in Shakespeare's plays, Women of Will is a triumph of theatre, called "lively and illuminating" (New York Times) and "dazzling and illuminating…an intensely theatrical experience" (Boston Globe). Call 931.598.3260 for reservations.

The complete Women of Will is in five parts. Sewanee will present part one, The Warrior Women, from Violence to Negotiation, on Wednesday, and part four, Chaos is Come Again, the Lion Eats the Wolf, on Thursday. Each of the five parts is conceived as a complete evening of theatre. Part One includes excerpts from the early comedies and histories. It concludes with Romeo and Juliet. Part Four explores Macbeth, Coriolanus, King Lear, and Timon of Athens.

During her tenure as founder and artistic director of the Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass., Tina Packer (above, photo credit Shakespeare & Company) has directed more than 50 Shakespeare productions. Packer’s expertise and extensive study allowed her to analyze the female characters found in Women of Will—her brimming knowledge makes Women of Will interesting to Shakespeare veterans and beginners alike. Packer will be accompanied on stage by actor Nigel Gore. Eric Tucker is the director. Women of Will comes to Sewanee from the Colorado and Prague Shakespeare Festivals. It will open in New York in the spring.