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Nov. 11-12: UTSA presents Shakespeare history play ‘Richard III’


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(Nov. 10, 2011) -- The Drama Through Performance Troupe in the UTSA Department of English will present Shakespeare's "Richard III" at 7 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Nov. 11-12 in the Buena Vista Theater at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The performances are free and open to the public.

One of Shakespeare's history plays, it is believed to have been written in 1591. The play depicts the Machiavellian rise to power and subsequent short reign of Richard III of England.

After a long civil war between the royal family of York and the royal family of Lancaster, England enjoys a period of peace under King Edward IV and the victorious Yorks. But, Edward's younger brother, Richard, resents Edward's power and the happiness of those around him.

Malicious, power-hungry and bitter about his physical deformity, Richard begins to aspire secretly to the throne -- and decides to kill anyone he has to in order to become king. Using his intelligence and skills of deception and political manipulation, he begins his campaign for the throne, using executions and murder to achieve his goal.

The UTSA production is directed by Lynn Oliver, UTSA professor of English, and sponsored by Bridget Drinka, chair of the UTSA Department of English.

Oliver joined UTSA this fall after a career of more than 20 years as an actor, singer, theatrical agent and high school theater educator in New York, Los Angeles and San Antonio.

For more information, call the UTSA Department of English at 210-458-4374.



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CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
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This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
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