Purdue Theatre presents ‘Amadeus’ beginning Nov 12

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –- Purdue Theatre brings Peter Shaffer’s ”Amadeus” to the stage beginning Nov. 12 at the university’s Nancy T. Hansen Theatre in Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts.

Amadeus

Amadeus is a play about the nature of genius and the arousal and jealousy that genius provokes. In Shaffer's Amadeus, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was damaged by a domineering father, and yet he channeled a beauty that could only be experienced as an expression of the divine.

”The movie version of ‘Amadeus’ is a well-known version of this story, and playwright Peter Shaffer wrote the script for the film and stage versions,” said director Kristine Holtvedt, associate professor of theatre. ”It is a wonderfully entertaining story with the childish sense of humor of Mozart, the beauty of his music, and the relationship between Salieri and Mozart. I am also excited to see our new class of MFA actors perform on stage for the first time.”

Department chair Richard Rand said, ” ‘Amadeus’ is a play about the nature of genius and the arousal and jealousy that genius provokes. In Shaffer’s ‘Amadeus,’ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was damaged by a domineering father, and yet he channeled a beauty that could only be experienced as an expression of the divine. The play is funny and subversive, majestic and mysterious, innocent and dangerous … a captivating evening of theatre.”

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12, 13, 17, 18, 19 and 20. Matinees also will be offered at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 14, 20 and 21. Tickets are $19 for the general public, $12 for students and $15 for seniors ages 62 and older.

A special preview performance of ‘Amadeus’ will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, with all seats $6 general admission.

Tickets for ‘Amadeus’ are available at the Pao Hall, Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices or by calling 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. The Nancy T. Hansen Theatre in Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing arts is located at 552 W. Wood St.

‘Amadeus’ is recommended for mature audiences.

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