In March and April, 2013 ADK Shakespeare presents the first installment of The Kingship Cycle, concurrent productions of William Shakespeare’s early English History Plays: 1, 2, 3 Henry VI and Richard III.
1 Henry VI
Glory is like a Circle in the Water (1H6, Act 1, scene 2)
After the death of hero-king Henry V, England is left to the rule of his young son, Henry VI, and a posse of feuding nobles. The lands that Henry V conquered in France are in jeopardy as Joan of Arc leads the French in revolt against the English. Can the English factions bridge their divide before it costs them the life of their great commander, Talbot? The legacy of Henry V hangs in the balance.
2 Henry VI
And force perforce I’ll make him yield the Crown (2H6, Act 1, scene 1)
Conspiracy and intrigue swirl around the court of King Henry VI. The Red and White Rose factions grow ever more quarrelsome. A plot is laid to murder the Lord Protector. The Duke of York foments a rebellion led by the headstrong Jack Cade, clearing the way for his own bid for the English Crown. The rift between the feuding factions reaches full bloom as the War of the Roses begins.
3 Henry VI
A Crown, or else a glorious Tomb (3H6, Act 1, scene 4)
It’s all out war between Lancaster and York, the Red Rose and the White, both vying for the English Crown. As England suffers through civil war, the youngest surviving son of the House of York, Richard Duke of Gloster, begins to plot his own rise to power.
Bloody thou art, bloody will be thy end (R3, Act 4, scene 4)
Richard shores up his claim to the throne by demolishing his enemies and his own family one by one. Savor his ambitious rise to “catch the English crown,” even as we acknowledge the crippled humanity of one of Shakespeare’s most brilliant villains.
About the Company: Adirondack Shakespeare Company
The Adirondack Shakespeare Company is dedicated to rescuing theatre from “concepts” and restoring that passion to the works of the world’s greatest playwrights by focusing on what matters most: the words.
Shakespeare IN THE RAW is a live video project in which a small company of actors puts together a full production in less than three days. The goal is to strip away everything extraneous from the production – costumes, props, lighting, etc. – so that what you have left is absolutely essential: the words, the actors telling the story, and the audience. In performance, the audience is let in on that rare moment in rehearsal when the company discovers the play for the very first time.
Theater: St. John's University
Address: 8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
Cost:$12 Advance Tickets, $15 Adults, $10 for Students/Seniors
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