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Mainstage Mainstay Takes His Bow

Sam Jones and Shannon Rourke

Sam Jones and Shannon Rourke perform "MacBeth" on the steps of the Rogalski Center.

April 2017

St. Ambrose senior Sam Jones took on the demanding title role during the final SAU Theatre production of this year of the Bard, Richard III.

From a River Cities Reader story on Jones:

If you have seen an SAU Theatre production in the past four years, you have no doubt seen Sam Jones, whose list of famed characters — to say nothing of his considerable talent— would be impressive for an actor of any age. Richard Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross. Leo Frank in Parade. Lancelot (and others) in Monty Python's Spamalot. Eilert Løvborg in Hedda Gabler. Trinculo in Shakespeare's The Tempest.

And now Richard III, which is not only one of the most sought-after roles in Elizabethan theatre, but - depending on the source - the figure with either the most or (because of Hamlet) second-most lines in any single Shakespearean text. So is the process of taking on such an intimidating character, and memorizing all those lines, also fun?

"Yes," says Jones with the slow nod and wide grin of a true Shakespeare aficionado. "Yes yes yes yes yes."

Read the entire article here.

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