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Date: March 6, 2009
Media Contacts: Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022; Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970

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Montgomery College Presents WillPower!—A Celebration of Shakespeare
Week of Events Includes Performances, Lectures and Workshops, March 23-27

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In celebration of William Shakespeare, Montgomery College will host “WillPower!,” a weeklong series of performances, lectures, and workshops, from March 23–27. The following key events will take place at the College’s Theatre Arts Arena, located on the Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

Performances
The American Shakespeare Center (ASC) on Tour, the touring arm of the American Shakespeare Center and the Blackfriars Playhouse, will perform two plays for WillPower!—“A Comedy of Errors” and “Hamlet.” The internationally acclaimed ASC on Tour performs under conditions closely approximating those for which Shakespeare originally wrote. These plays are free and open to the public.
• “A Comedy of Errors” – Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.
This fast-paced farce of mistaken identity brings together two long-separated twins, a cheating husband, a jealous wife, a pending execution and two tricky servants. Shakespeare’s shortest play, “A Comedy of Errors” is the perfect family show.

• “Hamlet” – Thursday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m.
A story about murder, betrayal and revenge, Shakespeare’s timeless play follows a troubled Prince Hamlet as he returns to Denmark to look for answers after the death of his father. The play is at once a ghost story, a comedy, a thriller, and a seven-murder tale of revenge about a young prince dealing with the loss of his father, his mother’s remarriage and life’s biggest questions.

Lectures
The featured lecture during WillPower! is the Adrian Webber Memorial Lecture, which will be delivered by former U.S. Ambassador and Congresswoman Connie Morella. This lecture is free and open to the public.
• Adrian Webber Memorial Lecture – Wednesday, March 25 at 1 p.m.
Former U.S. Ambassador Connie Morella, formerly an English professor at Montgomery College, will give a talk entitled “Did Shakespeare Hate Women? Love Women? –And Why Do We Care?” The speech will address Shakespeare’s attitude toward women and its relevance to modern society.

There are many other lectures and workshops for the public to attend during WillPower! For a complete schedule of events, call 240-567-4001 or 240-567-4008, or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/willpower.

For more information, please contact Rachael Wilson at 240-567-4008 or by e-mail at rachael.wilson@montgomerycollege.edu or KenYatta Rogers at 240-567-4001 or by e-mail at kenyatta.rogers@montgomerycollege.edu.

Support for WillPower! is provided by The Webber Family Foundation. Additional support was provided by Montgomery College’s Arts Institute; the Department of Speech, Dance, and Theatre; and the Department of English Composition, Literature, and Professional Writing.

To request accommodations for a disability for WillPower! events, call 240-567-5250.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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