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IU Theatre production honors the memory of two people dedicated to the arts

Feb. 22, 2017

When the curtain opens for IU Theatre’s production of “The Tempest,” the play will not only revive a Shakespearean classic, it will also be dedicated to the memory of Jeanette Marchant and Professor Emeritus Howard Jensen.

Jeanette Marchant


In life, both Marchant and Jensen supported classical productions like “The Tempest.”

As a long-standing associate producer at IU Theatre, Merchant offered philanthropic support each year to make a production possible. Since her death in 2015, a Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center endowment has continued her legacy of supporting the arts at IU.

Jensen, a former faculty member in acting and directing, also showed his passion and love of the arts at IU through philanthropic gifts. An endowment from Jensen, who also passed away in 2015, makes classical productions like “The Tempest” possible each year. 

“In life, both Jeanette and Howard generously supported the students in our program,” said Drew Bratton, managing director of IU Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance. “For each of them to have created these gifts, guaranteeing the theatre department will be supported far into the future, is a testament to the remarkable people they were. We miss them both but treasure that they will never be forgotten.”

Howard Jensen


IU Theatre’s production of “The Tempest,” which tells William Shakespeare’s story of Prospero and his daughter Miranda, offers the best of both drama and comedy.

IU faculty and staff using a valid IU email address can enter to win two tickets to see "The Tempest," a $50 value, at the IU Theatre's Ruth N. Halls Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24. The contest opens Feb. 22 and closes at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2017.

Performances of “The Tempest” will be at Ruth N. Halls Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, 25 and 28 and March 1 to 3 or at 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 4.  

Find more information about the play and purchase tickets online.

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