Chesterton’s ‘Magic’ opens at Union Oct. 3


JACKSON, Tenn. — The Union University Players will present “Magic,” an early 20th century comedy written by G.K. Chesterton, Oct. 3-6.

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.”

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