Motlow Theatre performs Aesop’s Fables on Nov. 17

a graphic of the Donkey in the Lion's Skin – on of Aesop's Fables
The Donkey in the Lion’s Skin will be one of the four Aesop’s Fables performed in November by the Motlow State Theatre Department. (File Photo)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — It’s a beloved rite of the fall and it happens next month. On November 17, the Motlow State Theatre Department will present Aesop’s Fables at Eoff Hall inside Powers Auditorium on the Moore County campus.

Adapted by James Brock, the play is an updated version of four of the timeless storyteller’s most popular fables including the The Fox and the Crow, The Hare and the Tortoise, The Donkey in the Lion’s Skin, and The Fox and the Sour Grapes. It’s a fast-moving production with plenty of scene changes and costume adaptations that will be sure to capture young one’s attention.

Brock based his adaptation on the classic fables written by Aesop, a slave and storyteller who lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BCE. They were passed down orally from generation to generation before being recorded in the Late Middle Ages.

The scene direction is unique. As the various actors become the Rabbit, the Turtle, the Fox, the Crow, or the Donkey in the Lion’s skin, the audience is brought into the action of the play by seeing the change from actor to character and back to actor again. The play will be directed by Motlow Theatre Instructor Brenden Taylor.

The production is appropriate for all ages and school performances for students in grades kindergarten through third grade will happen. If you are an elementary educator or part of a high school drama club, contact Motlow State at 931-393-1700 or [email protected] to learn about special performance times for students. All tickets are free, but attendees must reserve seats in advance.

There will also be a public performance of the play on Friday, November 17 at 7 p.m. with a reception happening at 6 p.m.

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