USM’s version of Shakespeare’s “The Winters Tale”

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Date(s) - October 27, 2023 - November 5, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Winter’s Tale opens October 27th and runs through November 5th. All performances take place on the USM Gorham campus in historic Russell Hall.

Director Tess Van Horn, working with a cast of over 20 USM students, calls this later work of Shakespeare, “grand, exciting, elaborate, and incredibly entertaining.” She continues, “ It has also been argued that it is one of his more feminist works since the female characters are complex, interesting and intellectual. It also pushes the boundaries of magical realism which became more and more of a common theme in Shakespeare’s later work.”

Ultimately, The Winter’s Tale lives between several genres – it is a tragedy and comedy, a love story and a courtroom drama, a tale about palace intrigue as well as a romp through the pastoral imaginary land of Bohemia. For Director Van Horn, she hopes the audience will enjoy the rollercoaster of genre and emotions. “At the end of the day, it’s Shakespeare’s version of an elaborate fairy tale and I hope that the audience can step into this universe with joy and curiosity and walk away feeling like they’ve been part of something magical and otherworldly.”

FMI & Tickets: or call the USM Theatre Box Office at (207) 780-5151.

A Winter’s TaleBy William ShakespeareDirected by Tess Van HornOctober 27-November 5

Friday, October 27, 7pm

Saturday, October 28, 7pm

Sunday, October 29, 2pm

Wednesday, November 1, 10am – All tickets $8

Thursday, November 2, 7pm – All tickets pay-what-you-can

Friday, November 3, 10am – All tickets $8

Friday, November 3, 7pm

Saturday, November 4, 7pm

Sunday, November 5, 2pm

Special performances for schools and community groups are scheduled for Wednesday, November 1, and Friday, November 3, at 10am. The show is appropriate for grades 9 and up.

To bring your school or community group, contact Audiences Services & Outreach Coordinator, Janice Gardner at

Ticket Prices$18 for Adults$14 for USM Faculty, Staff & Alumni$12 for Seniors 65+$8 for Students/YouthPay What You Can: 11/2 at 7pmAll tickets $8: 11/1 & 11/3 10am performances

Those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Janice Gardner at (207)780-5289 or Hearing impaired: call USM’s telex / TDD number (207)780-5646


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