“Richard II,” “Henry IV,” Henry V”
At Trinity Rep

Patriotism and Power: Shakespeare's Epic Tale in Three Parts

Devoting the strengths of its resident acting company, directors and designers to Shakespeare's greatest epic tale, Trinity Rep will present “The Henriad, Shakespeare's Kings: Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V.” The three-play cycle, performed in rep, runs in rotation from October 5 - December 19 in the intimate seven-row Dowling Theater.

A king's misrule forced decades of struggle for the crown, while a new leader grew to earn the nation's trust. With a story and themes which resonate as strongly today as ever before, “The Henriad” paints a vivid portrait of fathers and sons, succession and rebellion, and the responsibilities of patriotism and power.

The three productions tell a single epic story, sharing the company of actors and the set, yet carry the three individual directors' distinct visions in style and setting - providing another point of intrigue for the audience. Associate director Kevin Moriarty (“The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “A Christmas Carol”) directs “Richard II;” associate artistic director Amanda Dehnert (“Othello,” “A Moon for the Misbegotten”) directs “Henry IV,” and artistic director Oskar Eustis (“The Ruby Sunrise,” “Copenhagen,” “The Long Christmas Ride Home”) directs “Henry V.”

Eustis commented, "This is the largest and most exciting project we've ever undertaken, by the greatest playwright the world has ever known.” He added, “I have wanted to do these plays for years, have studied them, watched many productions, worked on individual plays in the group, and have always been fascinated by the sophistication and complexity with which Shakespeare examines his true subject - the nature of leadership. This is an election-year natural: the Fall of 2004 couldn't be a more exciting time to talk about it. The greatest classics have an astonishing ability to take on the form and pressure of the time they are performed in, revealing new aspects of themselves when seen through the prism of the present."

The cast of sixteen includes ten members of Trinity Rep's acclaimed resident acting company and six third-year MFA students from the Brown/Trinity Consortium. Actors play multiple roles through the three productions; audiences can follow performers in many roles which begin in one play and continue into the next. The company includes Brian McEleney as Richard II; Timothy Crowe as Bolingbroke/Henry IV; Stephen Thorne as Prince Hal/Henry V; William Damkoehler as Northumberland; Mauro Hantman as Hotspur; Anne Scurria as Gaunt; Angela Brazil as Richard's Queen; Rachael Warren as Katherine; Fred Sullivan, Jr., as Falstaff; and Barbara Meek as Mistress Quickly.

The following special evenings are scheduled:

“Pay What You Can” Night:
“Richard II:” Tuesday, October 5 at 7 P.M.; PWYC tickets on sale 6 P.M.
“Henry IV:” Friday, October 8 at 8 P.M.; PWYC tickets on sale 7 P.M.
“Henry V:” Friday, October 15 at 8 P.M.; PWYC tickets on sale 7 P.M.

Food for Thought Night:
“Richard II:” Wednesday, October 20
“Henry IV:” Friday, October 22
“Henry V:” Sunday, October 24

College Night:
“Richard II:” Thursday, October 7 at 8 P.M. (6:30 P.M. pre-show reception)
“Henry IV:” Tuesday, October 12 at 7 P.M. (5:30 P.M. pre-show reception)
“Henry V:” Sunday, October 17 at 7 P.M. (5:30 P.M. pre-show reception)

Under 30 Thursdays -
Every Thursday, $15 with valid ID

Humanities Rep:
“Richard II:” Saturday, November 6 at 2 P.M.
“Henry IV:” Saturday, November 27 at 2 P.M.
“Henry V:” Saturday, December 18 at 2 P.M.

ASL-interpreted Performances :
“Richard II:” Sunday, November 14 at 2 P.M.
“Henry IV:” Friday, December 3 at 8 P.M.
“Henry V:” Sunday, December 5 at 2 P.M.

For information and tickets, contact Trinity Rep's box office at 401-351-4242 or visit www.trinityrep.com.

-- OnStage Boston


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