Arts & Culture

Shakespeare at Grace Brings Literature to Life

by Abby Phinney

Shakespeare at Grace is taking place Oct. 18-21! The wide range of programs, featuring performances by Actors From The London Stage, is sure to stir creativity and develop appreciation for the classics.

Shakespeare at Grace is organized by Dr. Lauren Rich, professor of English, and chair of  Grace College Languages, Literature, and Communication Department. “During the week, we’ll celebrate the irreplaceable contribution Shakespeare made to literature,” said Rich. “You won’t want to miss any of these special events.”

The Lyceum Series is an annual event dedicated to merging cultural engagement, academics and faith. This year’s installment is presented by Dr. Peter Holland, a world-renowned Shakespeare scholar. Holland’s lecture, “Forgiving and Forgetting: Shakespeare & Power,” will occur Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in Westminster Hall, 105 Ninth Street, Winona Lake. The Lyceum Series lecture is free, open to the public, and will be followed by light refreshments and a book signing.

Holland is the associate dean for the arts at Notre Dame University. He is a respected editor and author of several books, including “English Shakespeares: Shakespeare on the English Stage in the 1990s” and a major study of Restoration drama, “The Ornament of Action.”

Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS), one of the oldest and most established touring Shakespeare companies in the world, will perform “Measure for Measure” by William Shakespeare in Grace College’s Little Theatre, located in Philathea Hall, 1499 Alpha Dr., Winona Lake.  Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19, 20 and 21. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for general admission, and are available through Eventbrite.

In tandem with AFTLS, violinist Shana Brath and guitarist Scott Workman will perform a pre-show dinner concert in Alpha on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m. “Brath and Workman are exceptionally talented,” said Rich. “They’re sure to prepare visitors for AFTLS’ performance. Dinner tickets don’t need to be bought in advance,” Rich added. “Just visit Alpha and purchase a meal pass Thursday evening.”

Immediately following the show on Saturday, student-led Grace College Cinematic Conversations (GC3) will offer a panel discussion to delve into the play’s weighty content. “Our hope is that this time will create space for students to process and even learn from the material offered by Shakespeare via AFTLS,” said Kirsten Mead, student body president and coordinator of GC3’s discussion.

GC3 is a Student Senate-sponsored club on campus led by Caleb Dudeck, a third-year student. This club regularly meets to watch a film and discuss some of its worldview and moral implications. Rather than allowing movie-watching to be a passive activity, GC3 helps students actively engage with the words, ideas and images presented to them.

To learn more, email Dr. Lauren Rich at or call 574-372-5100.