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Oct. 30, 2006

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – The Viterbo University Theatre Department will present acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center La Croix Black Box Theatre Thursday, Nov. 9 to Saturday, Nov. 11 and Thursday, Nov. 16 to Saturday, Nov. 18.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is a very funny and chillingly modern play that retells the story of Shakespeare’s Hamlet as an absurdist-like farce, focusing on two of the play’s most insignificant characters. Critics have described the play as “verbally dazzling and an exciting and witty intellectual treat.”

In Stoppard’s clever play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern become major players while Hamlet and other major characters from the famous play, are relegated to plot devices. His comic play then becomes the story of two ordinary men caught up in events they can’t understand or control. This extraordinary piece of theatre features debates on the nature of the real and unreal, the place of art and aesthetics in life, and enchanting verbal exchanges.

Tickets are $10. For more information, contact the Viterbo University box office at 608-796-3100 or


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