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The King is dead and Christ is coming.

Northampton, MA - On December 4, 5, 6 and 7, an ensemble cast, directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer, will perform Caryl Churchill's Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. Nine actors will play dozens of characters, embodying the chaos and confusion of a world at war; in this case, the English Civil War, but Churchill's great gift and genius in this play is the immediacy of the political and philosophical questions couched in startlingly direct language of the 1640s.

This remarkable play goes beyond the simple, traditional dichotomy of "The Roundheads and the Cavaliers" and gives voice to the Diggers, Levellers, and Ranters, men and women who had radical visions of a world without property, inequality, and sin. They believed that Christ "the mighty Leveller" would return and abolish all oppression, including that of the church and aristocracy.


Director Daniel Kramer says, "I've often taught this play here at Smith, and students have consistently responded to it with great enthusiasm and interest. The theme of hope, and the price of hope, is particularly vital to college students. The play delves into the desire to question established rules and expectations, to seek new roles for women and men, to fashion a new society."

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire is more than a story; it is a meditation on the unintended consequences, forgotten promises, and terrifying, fragile hope of an uncertain revolution.

Opens December 4 at 8:00 pm - all tickets $1 - reception to follow
December 5, 6, 7 at 8:00 pm
Matinee Performance: Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 pm
Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts

There will be no late admission to this play.

General public: $8
Students and seniors: $5
Smith students: $3

Purchase tickets here, by calling (413) 585-ARTS (2787) or 585-3220, or by visiting our Box Office Monday through Friday, 1-4pm and one hour before the show begins. You can also email requests: boxoffice@smith.edu