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From left, Don Mackay, Sarah Degn and Brian Clowdus
From left, guest actor Don Mackay as Leontes and graduate students Sarah Degn and Brian Clowdus as Hermione and Polixenes.

Don Mackay to star in ‘The Winter’s Tale’


Don Mackay
Don Mackay

Veteran movie and television actor Donald Sage Mackay will star in University's presentation of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale April 16 - 25 in Drayton Hall Theater. It is the final mainstage production of Theatre South Carolina's 2009-10 season.

Mackay, whose recent film credits include Michael Bay’s Transformers 2 and who has had guest appearances this season on television's NCIS and Criminal Minds, will play the role of King Leontes. Guest artist Kathleen Conlin will direct.

The Winter’s Tale is considered one of Shakespeare’s most difficult plays because of its abrupt shift from tragedy to comedy. The uncontrollable jealousy of King Leontes of Sicilia brings his family to ruin and severs the alliance between two powerful monarchs. Only the love of a daughter believed to be lost forever can heal the rift and bring about the king’s absolution.

Kathleen Conlin
Kathleen Conlin

“This is a phenomenal story about relationships and what true fidelity is,” said Conlin, whose affiliation with the highly regarded Utah Shakespearean Festival spans more than 20 years. “It has that sense of what it means to define the word, ‘commitment,’ beyond contemporary psychology. What does it mean in terms of values and the way a spiritual relationship evolves from a commitment? It’s also about rediscovering your family again and all that that means.”

Show time is 8 p.m. on the following days: Friday, April 16; Wednesday, April 21; Thursday, April 22; and Friday, April 23. Show time is 7 p.m. on both Saturdays (April 17 and 24), plus an 11 p.m. showing on the first Saturday. The Sunday, April 25, performance will be a 3 p.m. matinee.

Tickets are $16 for the public; $14 for military, USC faculty and staff; and $10 for students. Tickets are half price for the April 17 late show. To purchase tickets, go to the Longstreet Theater Box Office or call the box office at 777-2551.

The University of South Carolina's production of The Winter’s Tale is sponsored in part through a co-educational agreement with the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.

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‘The Winter’s Tale’

  • What: Shakespeare's tragi-comedy of jealousy, power struggles, love, and absolution
  • Who: Veteran actor Don MacKay to play the lead, King Leontes of Sicilia
  • When: April 16 – 25, varying show times
  • Where: Drayton Hall Theatre

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