|PlayMakers mounts royal Shakespearean epic in rotating repertory|
|Tuesday, January 17, 2012|
PlayMakers Repertory Company will stage a royal coming-of-age epic, combining William Shakespeare’s “Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2” and “Henry V” as “The Making of a King,” to be performed Jan. 28-March 4.
The professional theater-in-residence in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will present the “Henry” plays in rotating repertory as well as several special educational events associated with the production.
The plays follow young Prince Hal from his unpromising start in bawdy houses and taverns under the tutelage of the larger-than-life Sir John Falstaff to his rise as one of England’s greatest monarchs, King Henry V. The action takes place in palaces and battlefields, from civil war in Britain to battles in the fields of France.
PlayMakers producing artistic director Joseph Haj will co-direct with Mike Donahue, who helmed this season’s PRC2 second-stage hit “A Number” and worked with Haj on PlayMakers’ “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.” Actor Michael Winters of TV’s “Gilmore Girls,” last seen at PlayMakers in 2004 as King Lear, will play Falstaff. UNC-TV is co-producing sponsor for the production.
“These plays, with their exploration of war and its costs, remain as current today as when Shakespeare wrote them over 400 years ago,” Haj said.
Show times will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Saturdays (except Jan. 28, when there is no matinee performance) and Sundays (except Jan. 29, which is at 7:30 p.m.). The special performance options are:
All performances will be in the Paul Green Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road. Tickets are still available as part of the theater’s 2011-2012 season subscription packages. Individual tickets are $10 to $45. With the purchase of a ticket to either play, a ticket to the other “Henry” may also be purchased at 25 percent off. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts or offers and is not available for Tuesday Community Night performances. A 10 percent discount off single tickets is available for active military personnel. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (919) 962-7529 or visit www.playmakersrep.org.
Many free special events are associated with the production:
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recognized PlayMakers with a $100,000 “Access to Artistic Excellence Grant” to support “The Making of a King” and “Breaking History: Power, Politics and the Legacy of War,” a series of events that will investigate America’s legacy of engagements in military conflict.
A $25,000 grant from the NEA and Arts Midwest’s “Shakespeare for a New Generation” program funded additional educational outreach, including sending teaching artists into area schools and matinees of the play for middle and high school students.
Coverage note: Media are welcome to cover “The Vision Series” preview and director’s talk on Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Photography, videography, lights and flashes are not restricted. Call (919) 962-5359.