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ShakespeareOCU Opens with Guest Speaker

ShakespeareOCU, a month of Shakespeare-themed events on the Oklahoma City University campus, begins this weekend with the visit of renowned classicist Richard Strier.

Strier, the Frank L. Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, will be attending the TheatreOCU staged reading of Margaret Edson's “Wit” at 8 p.m. Friday in the Kramer School of Nursing at N.W. 27th Street and Blackwelder Avenue. He will participate in a talkback after the production.

Strier is mentioned in the text of the play for being the playwright’s primary source of information on John Donne, who wrote the poetry that is prominently featured in the script. 

“Wit” performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Strier will also present his lecture, “Bangs and Whimpers: Scenes from two versions of King Lear,” at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Burg Theatre in the Bass Music Center at N.W. 25th Street and Blackwelder Avenue. This presentation will feature performances of several scenes from “King Lear” by actors from Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park and members of the TheatreOCU acting company.