Henry VI, Part 1: The Wars of the Roses Begin
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The last date listed for Henry VI, Part 1 was Sunday October 21, 2012 / 3:00pm.
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The year is 1944, segregation in the U.S. is prevalent and World War II is in full swing. At Port… More
When England’s heroic Henry V dies unexpectedly in his prime, the inexperienced boy-King Henry VI ascends the throne with catastrophic results. Rallying under the banner of the sorceress Joan of Arc, the French quickly rise in rebellion to reclaim their lands conquered by the late Henry V. As England’s conquests are wrenched violently away and their military might decimated, Henry VI’s court degenerates into rancorous infighting. And when a quarrel between the arrogant Duke of Somerset and the ambitious Duke of York results in the English nobility donning red and white roses to declare their partisan loyalties, the groundwork has been laid for the outbreak of the bloody and treasonous Wars of the Roses.
Director Christopher William Johnson, fight choreographer Jen Albert, choral director Daniel Halden and a stellar ensemble cast bring the earliest written and least-produced play in the Shakespearean cannon to visceral, engaging life.
The acting ensemble features Eva Bloomfield, Tiffany Cole, Christopher Carver, Allen Darby, Alex Elliott-Funk, Synden Healy, Kyle Hester, Charles M. Howell IV, Eric Rollins, Taylor Jackson Ross, Tina Van Berckelaer, Matt Van Curen, JB Waterman , and Johnny Patrick Yoder. Assistant direction is by Scott Fleming, lighting by Johnny Patrick Yoder, sound and percussion design by Ryan Beveridge, and costumes by Will Brattain.