LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Aquila Theatre Company will perform its own riotous adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales Saturday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. Tickets are $20.
 
According to Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center, Aquila describes its  Canterbury Tales as a dynamic, deliciously saucy, eminently understandable, slightly naughty, surprisingly challenging, entertaining and romantic romp, as if Monty Python met Umberto Eco at a Medieval pageant.

"Since the Aquila Theatre Company is internationally renowned for its ability to bring classical texts to vibrant life without clouding the greatness of such works, it's sure to be a rollicking good and thoroughly accessible performance," he said.

Boswell adds, "And if anyone would like a behind-the-scenes view of the Aquila Theatre Company, members of the troupe will be available for a meet-the-artist pre-performance chat at 7 p.m. at the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building."

The Canterbury Tales takes place in England in the 1380s when a group of travelers from different walks of life gather at the Tabard Inn to prepare for pilgrimages to the sacred shrine at Canterbury. Chaucer's poem, with influence from classical Greek and Roman poetry and Medieval literature, is poignant, hilarious, spiritually uplifting, wonderfully lewd, and yet thought provoking.

Tickets for Weis Center performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office by calling 570-577-1000 or online at www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/.  The box office in the Weis Center also opens one hour prior to performances.

This engagement of Aquila Theatre Company of London is funded through Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's Mid Atlantic Tours program in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.

This performance of The Canterbury Tales is made possible in part by a generous contribution from Lewisburg resident Stephen J. Lindenmuth. The 2006-07 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

Posted Sept. 19, 2006

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