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Fifth Annual American Shakespeare Center Trip

All English majors, minors, and graduate students are cordially invited to participate in the Department's Third Annual Trip to the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, on March 21-23, 2014 (the last few days of Spring Break). This trip offers you the opportunity not only to see four great Elizabethan and Jacobean plays for a very low price, but to tour the Blackfriars' theatre (an architecturally accurate reproduction of Shakespeare's indoor theatre in London), study Shakespeare's verse with the actors, hear a lecture by world-renowned Shakespeare scholar Ralph Cohen, sit on the stage as part of a performance, explore the great stores and restaurants in Staunton, and enjoy all the hijinks of our annual Shakespearean Road Trip (wear your Winthrop English T-shirts!). roadtrip

How To Get In On The Fun

The registration form and a 25% deposit ($34) are due to Carol Schlabach in Bancroft 250 no later than February 28.  Total payment is due by March 10; checks should be made payable to Amanda Hiner  There are a limited number of tickets available, so seats will be held on a first-come first-serve basis. 

workshopThe trip will be led by department faculty members, including Dr. Spring, Dr. Prickett, and Dr. Hiner. The Department will be providing transportation for those students who register for the trip; the vans will be leaving Winthrop University from the parking lot in front of Bancroft at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, March 21th.  Students may drive themselves if they prefer.  We will return Sunday night, March 18, after the performance of Much Ado about Nothing, arriving back in Rock Hill around 9:00. Please note: participating students are required to attend the specific events in the itinerary.

Price and What You Get

The total cost of the events is only $134, which includes tickets to Jonson's Epicene, Shakespeare's Timon of Athens, and Jacobean classics The Maid's Tragedy and The Servant of Two Masters.  In addition, the price includes a tour of the Blackfriars Theater, a workshop on Shakespeare’s verse, a lecture by Dr. Ralph Cohen (Founder of the American Shakespeare Center) and a brunch with the actors. Price does not include food or hotel costs; for students who choose to drive, gas is not covered either.  Winthrop University does not assume any risk or liability for students who choose to travel on their own. 

Cultural Events Credittour

Although we cannot guarantee any credits for students at this time, we have filed a blanket petition with each participating student’s name for 6 Cultural Events credits.  Approval is pending.  


A limited block of rooms is currently available at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel, adjacent to the ASC, for $99.  Students may share rooms.  The Stonewall Jackson is located at 24 South Market St., Staunton, VA 24401.  The phone number for reservations is (540) 885-4848.  Be sure to mention our group, Winthrop University to obtain the block rate.  The block will expire February 16.  Other hotel possibilities include The Frederick House (small hotel), (540) 885-4220, and Howard Johnson (540) 886-5330.  Students must make their own hotel arrangements.