Theatre to perform G.K. Chesterton play, “Magic”

JACKSON, Tenn.—The communication arts department’s fall play this year will be “Magic,” an early 20th century comedy written by G.K. Chesterton.

Theater professor David Burke will direct “Magic.” 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 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.”