The lead of Prospero’s Magic Island graced Mount Union’s campus not just with his acting abilities, but also with the 2019 Eckler Lecture. Mark Thompson, who played Prospero, gave his lecture immediately after the Thursday performance of the show.
The Eckler Lecture’s topic this year was drama, as it rotates between that and literature every other year. The lecture, which was called, “Empathy within Shakespeare and the three important questions to ask from that,” touched on several different topics.
Thompson wanted his lecture to relate to the show, so he spoke of acting and the importance of body language, as well as Shakespeare and empathy.
“An actor, in order to play a character, has to walk more than a mile in that person’s shoes,” stated Thompson. Many physical demonstrations were also used to show his points throughout the lecture.
The audience who filled the theater shared laughter and nods of agreement during the hour-long talk. Many were appreciative of Thompson’s hard work on and off the stage during his time as a guest at Mount.
Thompson is an alumnus of Mount Union and has gone on to perform on Broadway. He will also be in a Netflix series starting next year.