National Players will perform on abbey stage

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By The Staff

Editor's Note: A story in Thursday's News on National Players' appearance in St. Meinrad gave the correct dates for the two shows, March 27-28, but mistakenly said the shows were Saturday and Sunday. They are Friday and Saturday evening.

ST. MEINRAD - Looking for an enriching, affordable performance close to home? Mark your calendars for March 27-28 as National Players visit Saint Meinrad Archabbey.

America's longest-running classical touring company will present two plays in St. Bede Theater, "1984" Friday, March 27, and "As You Like It" Saturday, March 28. Both performances begin at 7 p.m. and the public is welcome. Admission is free.

National Players, based at Olney Theatre Center in Maryland, has toured the nation for 59 years, performing in the White House, Europe, Asia and the Middle East for American service members and in 40 states.

In the group's adaptation of George Orwell's "1984," the world of Big Brother is re-imagined through the eyes of Winston Smith, who risks his life to join the fabled Brotherhood, a group of underground rebels, intent on overthrowing the totalitarian government. The plot of William Shakespeare's "As You Like It" includes mistaken identities, mismatched love and "all the world's a stage." When her uncle banishes her from court, Rosalind flees to the Forest of Arden, where she meets an unlikely group of woodland characters — wise fools, malcontent wanderers, lovesick shepherds and Orlando, the man she loves.

A buffet supper will be available before each performance for $9 per person from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. in Newman Dining Room. Reservations are required for the meal and should be made before March 19. For meal reservations, call Deborah Major at (812) 357-6403 or e-mail dmajor@saintmeinrad.edu.