JACKSON, Tenn. – Sept. 26, 2013 – The Union University Players will present “Magic,” an early 20th century comedy written by G.K. Chesterton, Oct. 3-8.
Theater professor David Burke will direct the production. Nick Fleming will play the main character, the conjuror-magician.
The play opens Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the W. D. Powell Theatre in the Penick Academic Complex. Performances will continue until Oct. 8. There will be additional showings Oct. 4 at 11:30 p.m. and Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 for Union students and $7 for the general public.
“Chesterton was a journalist and lay theologian, and his friend, George Bernard Shaw, was pressuring him to write a play,” Fleming said. “That’s when Chesterton wrote ‘Magic.’”
The play tells the story of a duchess whose niece and nephew come to live with her. The nephew is an American atheist and the niece a spiritual fairy-speaker, Fleming said.
Other characters are an agnostic, an evolutionist and a preacher. The duchess brings in a magician who, according to Fleming, “turns the tables on them and causes them to question everything.”
By Kathleen Hartsfield (’14)