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universities may teach Shakespeare, but at UCLA the Bard of Avon's
presence is so real it's as if Westwood had been transported back
to the heart of Elizabethan England
Clara Sturak '91
Illustration by Charles Hess
and Nicholas Pavkovic
IS STANDING-ROOM-ONLY in the Charles E. Young Grand Salon of
Kerckhoff Hall. The audience of students dressed in shorts and sandals,
men in suits, families with children and ladies outfitted for an
evening of theater is quiet, rapt, as Arthur, the young Duke of
Brittany, beseeches Hubert, an adviser to the King, to spare him
a horrible fate:
you put out mine eyes?
These eyes that never did nor never shall
So much as frown on you."
pleas are heartbreaking. The crowd holds its breath.
play is King John, among William Shakespeare's least-known
works. One member of the audience has come all the way from North
Carolina just to see the rarely performed history (her goal is to
see every one of Shakespeare's works performed live before her 30th
birthday). For their part, the players — members of the UCLA
Shakespeare Reading and Performing Group, almost all of them non-actors
— are glad that the show went off without a hitch.