| Open: 08/22/09 Close: 09/06/09
Twenty-two classical actors and two directors take on Shakespeare’s Henry V trilogy in Prospect Park opening August 22nd. The project, a brainchild of Rebellious Subjects Theatre (Lauren Ferebee and Patrick Woodall, Co-Artistic Directors), is the fourth produced by the young site-specific company (previous work includes Twelfth Night, Under Milk Wood, and Three Sisters).
Prospect Park’s rarely-used Music Pagoda is the site for the summer Henry plays. Departing from the traditional model of Shakespeare in the Park, the shows will be performed with actors staging portions of the play in the surrounding wooded areas of the Pagoda; audience will be scattered throughout the performance grounds.
In keeping with the company’s mission to bring interactive, quality
classical theatre to all there is no traditional proscenium staging, no star casting, and no charge for tickets.
A cut version of Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 opens Auguts 22nd at 4:30pm; the trilogy continues on Sunday, August 23rd at 4:30pm with Henry V. The shows play through September 6th on Saturdays and Sundays.
Elyzabeth Gorman (director, Henry IV) just completed the Lincoln Center Director's Lab. Her previous work includes "Every Man" (2007 winner, Samuel French Festival), "See Jane Run" at FringeNYC and five NY premieres. She received a BFA from Boston University, where she was the recipient of the Stone Award grant in production dramaturgy.
Melisa Annis (director, Henry V) recently assisted Tony-nominated director Bill Russell on an updated Off-Broadway reading of “Elegies for Angels Punks and Raging Queens” and worked with an incredible cast of forty (including several Tony, Emmy and Drama Desk Award winners). Melisa is an RST veteran, having directed Under Milk Wood and a "triumphant" Twelfth Night in 2008. Originally from Wales, Melisa worked as an actress on a national soap opera and the National Theater of Wales prior to coming to the US.
Rebellious Subjects Theatre was founded in May 2008 by Lauren Ferebee and Patrick Woodall. The company creates unconventional stagings of classic plays, fostering a new audience for older material and revitalizing the perception of well-known playwrights among the theatrical community. For more information on the company's activity, please visit their website at www.rebellioussubjects.org.
For more information on Prospect Park events, programs, membership and volunteering at the Park, call the Park Hotline at (718) 965-8999 or visit www.prospectpark.org. Dial 311 for all Parks & Recreation information
Tiffany Abercrombie, Bryn Boice,* Sutton Crawford, Tarik Davis, Drew de Jesus, Paul Frazee, Ben Friesen, Simone Harrison,* Jon Ledoux, Jonathan Levy, Joshua Luria, Kevin Mitchell, Nick Reinhardt, Ben Rezendes, Montgomery Sutton,* Eric Rice,* Adrien Saunders, Jesse Sells,* Steve Viola, and Patrick Woodall