Theatre Season Concludes with 'The Winter's Tale'

“…a sad tale’s best for winter.”

The Augustana Theatre and Music Departments will present William Shakespeare’s "The Winter’s Tale" at the on-campus Edith Mortenson Center Theatre May 4-8.

Directed by Jayna Fitzsimmons, "The Winter’s Tale" is one of Shakespeare’s most intriguing romances. It’s a classic tale of jealousy, love, loss and reconciliation. According to The Observer, “this tragic-comi-romance is possibly Shakespeare's most emotionally complex and breathtakingly theatrical play.”

King Leontes of Sicilia is visited by his childhood friend Polixenes, King of Bohemia, but the pleasant stay turns sour after Leontes begins to suspect that his wife Hermione has committed adultery with Polixenes, and the child she carries is a bastard. Consumed with unfounded jealousy, Leontes abandons his wife and child. Sixteen years pass, and the child Perdita has been raised by a shepherd in Bohemia, unaware of her royal heritage. Polixenes’ son Florizel becomes infatuated with her. The lovers face disapproval from Polixenes and run away to Sicilia, but a twist of fate leads to long-kept secrets revealed in a homecoming like never imagined.

The Winter's Tale Showtimes:

  • May 4-7: 7:30 p.m. (May 5 performance interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing)

  • May 7-8: 2:30 p.m.

  • Tickets available by calling 605.274.5320 or online at 

The cast includes Lindsay Bleile (Iowa City, S.D., ’14), Matt Cook (Adrian, Minn., ‘11), Carli Ellwein (Frederic, S.D., ‘11), Logan Enze (Sioux Falls, S.D., ‘13), Rebecca Fahey (Pierre, S.D., ’14), Deanna Forry (Springfield, Minn., ‘11), Leah Hilsabeck (Milford, Iowa, ‘11), Mo Hurley (Sioux Falls, S.D., ‘14), Debbi Jones (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Katelynn Kenney (Box Elder, S.D., ’14), Evan Livermore (Pierre, S.D., ’12), Ally Jo Lloyd (Mapleton, Iowa, ‘12), Ryan Marks (Estherville, Iowa, ’14), Megan McDonald (Sioux Falls, S.D., ’12), Scot Missling (Minnetonka, Minn., ’13), Miranda Nelson (Hendricks, Minn., ‘12), Casey Ring (North St. Paul, Minn., ’11), Martha Stai (Inwood, Iowa, ‘11), Mariya Swella (Yucca Valley, Calif., ’14), Josh Thies (Sioux Falls, S.D., ‘13), Zack Truelson (Sioux Falls, S.D., ‘14), and Elizabeth Yackel-Juleen (Windom, Minn., ’11).

Tickets available by calling 605.274.5320 or online at

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations