“HENRY V” CHRONICLES LIFE OF THE LEGENDARY ENGLISH KING WHOSE OUTNUMBERED ARMY BEAT THE FRENCH AT AGINCOURT
Bare Theatre’s Rogue Company will stage HENRY V, a 1599 historical drama by English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare (1564-1616), on July 22-25 at Common Ground Theatre in Durham, NC. HENRY V chronicles the life of King Henry V of England (1387-1422, reigned 1413-22) during the Hundred Years’ War, just before and after Henry’s army defeated a larger French army on their home soil in the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.
According to Raleigh-based Bare Theatre:
“Based on real history, HENRY V is the story of a prince [played here by Joey Shea] who has been wild and reckless in his youth, but is suddenly called upon to assume the throne and lead England to war against France. The young king must navigate political treachery from his own friends, hardship in combat, and low troop morale against insurmountable odds, culminating in the famous battle of Agincourt.
“Directed by Carmen-maria Mandley, this Shakespearian history is told with extreme physicality, humor, heart, and a no-holds-barred approach that has become a signature Bare Theatre style.
“Rogue Company is a free summer conservatory for Triangle youth between the ages of 14 to 21. Participants work with professional guest artists and peers for six weeks to produce a full production. Rogue Company productions have included TITUS ANDRONICUS, which was awarded runner-up for the top 10 shows in 2005 by THE NEWS & OBSERVER and KING LEAR, receiving acclaim from THE INDEPENDENT WEEKLY, which noted, ‘And intense it was….” (Sarah Lupton).
“Bare Theatre has continued to receive critical acclaim, with its production of TWELFTH NIGHT in 2007 being named one of the year’s 10 best shows by THE NEWS & OBSERVER and, most recently, with THE TAMING OF THE SHREW with one reviewer noting, ‘the overall production was surprisingly strong — one of Bare Theatre’s best.’ Bare Theatre is known for its minimalist, high-energy, physical approach to the works of Shakespeare.”
In addition to Joey Shea as Henry V, the Bare Theatre cast for HENRY V includes (in alphabetical order, by character): Siobhan McGowan as Alice; Matt Fields as Bardolph; Missy Dapper as Bates; Jessica Heironimus as Bedford and Canterbury; Kelly Richard as a Boy and Cambridge; Brent Rappaport as the Dauphin; Charles Monroe as Exeter and Gower; Sasha Brown as Fluellen, the Governor of Harfluer, and Mistress Quickly; Kacey Reynolds as a French Constable; Rachel Freedman as Gloucester; Tara Pozo as Isabel and Pistol; Kelsey Heathcoat as Katherine; Rosa Wallace as the King of France; Richard Butner as MacMorris; chorus leader Will Sarrat as Montjoy; Garrett Stein-Seroussi as Nym; Samaria McKenzie as Scroop, Westmoreland, and Williams; Jeff Buckner as Thomas Grey; and Kelly Richard as a member of the chorus.
Besides director Carmen-maria Mandley, the show’s creative team includes lighting designer Jeff Alguire, sound designer G. Todd Buker, fight choreographers Heather J. Hackford and Jason Bailey, fight captain Matt Fields, dramaturg Erin Van Dyke, and stage manager Lucinda Gainey.
Bare Theatre’s Rogue Company presents HENRY V at 8 p.m. July 22-24 and 2 p.m. July 25 at Common Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Rd., Durham, North Carolina 27705. TICKETS: $15 ($8 students, seniors, and active-duty military personnel). BOX OFFICE: 919/386-9571, firstname.lastname@example.org, or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/118919. SHOW: http://www.baretheatre.org/next.html. PRESENTER: http://www.baretheatre.org/. VENUE: http://www.cgtheatre.com/. PARKING/DIRECTIONS: http://www.cgtheatre.com/directions. OTHER LINKS: E-text of Play: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/2253 (Project Gutenberg).