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A Man for All Seasons premieres tonight at Black Box
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Sir Thomos More is shown in a painting from the 16th Century. More's ethical and moral battle with King Henry VIII is the subject of the play "A Man for All Seasons." The play opens tonight at Georgia Southern University's Black Box Theater. - photo by Special
    Georgia Southern University’s Theatre & Performance Program will present “A Man For All Seasons,” beginning tonight and running through April 25 in the Black Box Theatre located in the new Center for Art & Theatre.
    The cast will perform every evening at 7:30 p.m., and a Sunday matinee’ performance on April 19 at 2 p.m. There will be no performance on Monday.
    Tickets can be purchased at the Center’s box office (call 912-478-5379 for reservations). Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for faculty and staff, and $15 for general admission.
    Robert Bolt wrote “Man For All Seasons” in 1954 based on the life of Sir Thomas More, who was Chancellor of England under King Henry VIII in the 16th century.
    King Henry VIII wanted to divorce his wife, Catherine of Aragon, because she could not bear him a son to take over the throne. The controversy begins when More refused to support the king’s wish to divorce Catherine and marry Anne Boleyn, Catherine’s sister.
     “More remains true to his own beliefs in the end and is the ultimate man of conscience.  It is a wonderfully compelling story that resonates with the events of today’s world,” said Lisa Abbott, Associate Professor of Theatre at Georgia Southern University.
    More is portrayed as a man that values the law and believes that no citizen is above it. Even with the support of   his family and the general public, he experiences tussles with the king and his peers.
    Jim Harbour, director of both the production and the Theatre at GSU, and his co-director, Vince Nicholson, senior Theatre major at GSU, have put their own creative spins on Bolt’s piece.
    “More was the only person that wasn’t scared to say that the king was wrong. Standing up for what you believe is something that should be commended. It’s about people trying to bring down a man for all seasons, a good man, for no reason other than simply because the king said so,” said Nicholson.
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