Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 4, 2004

Whitworth Theatre to Stage "A Man for All Seasons"

The Whitworth Theatre Department will present its fall production, "A Man for All Seasons," Oct. 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m., and Oct. 17 at 2 p.m., in Cowles Memorial Auditorium on the Whitworth campus. Admission is $5. For tickets or more information, please call (509) 777-3707. Tickets can also be purchased at the door prior to each performance.

Robert Bolt's "A Man for All Seasons" illustrates the uneasy interplay of church and state during the reign of Henry VIII. The play depicts the true story of Sir Thomas More's struggle, as chancellor of England and a favorite of the king, to remain true to his conscience despite entreaties from the crown to support Henry's break with Roman Catholicism, his assumption of the leadership of the Church of England, and his subsequent divorce and remarriage.

More's eloquence and endurance, as well as his tenacity in the face of ever-growing threats to his beliefs and family, make him one of modern drama's greatest tragic heroes.

The play was first staged in 1960 at London's Globe Theatre and was voted New York's Best Foreign Play in 1962. In 1966 it was made into an Academy Award-winning film starring Paul Scofield. Although the play is set in 16th-century England, the issues it raises are still pertinent today, says Whitworth Professor of Theatre and Director Rick Hornor.

"We all face national elections, the controversy of our positions in relation to wars around the globe, the challenges of living lives of faith," Hornor says. "'A Man for All Seasons' is about conscience and the relationship between what we believe and how we act on our beliefs."

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Rick Hornor, professor of theatre, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4430 or rhornor@whitworth.edu.

Dee Anna Christiansen, theatre department academic program assistant, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3707 or dchristiansen@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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