Suffolk and Boston Playwrights’ Collaborate
To Present Robert Brustein’s "Mortal Terror"

Suffolk University and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre will collaborate to present Robert Brustein’s "Mortal Terror." Directed by Daniela Varon, the production plays from September 15 - October 2 at the Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, 525 Washington Street in Boston.

Playwright Robert Brustein brings the spirit of William Shakespeare back to the stage with an imaginative story of political upheaval set during the ignition of the Gunpowder Plot.

In 1605, William Shakespeare, trapped by political intrigue, violence and betrayal, is persuaded by King James to create a play that justifies the new king's right to the English throne and his idiotic belief in witches. Torn between his commitment to his art and his need to placate the king, Shakespeare creates one of his greatest works -- "Macbeth" -- meanwhile contemplating an affair with the King's young dissatisfied wife.

"Mortal Terror" is the second in a trilogy of plays about the life and work of Shakespeare by Brustein, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University. The first installment, "The English Channel," focusing on Shakespeare’s affair with the Dark Lady, Emilia Lanier, was produced at the Abingdon Theatre in 2009, where it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. The third part of the trilogy, "The Last Will," about Shakespeare’s return to Stratford Upon Avon towards the end of his life, will be produced by the Abingdon in New York in the Fall of 2012.

The company of "Mortal Terror" includes Stafford Clark-Price as William Shakespeare, with Dafydd ap Rees, Michael Hammond, Jeremiah Kissel, John Kuntz, Georgia Lyman and Christopher James Webb.

A special panel discussion on the future of Shakespeare productions in America will be held preceding the performance on Friday, September 23. Panelists will include Robert Brustein, Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theatre in New York, and Jenny Gersten, the newly appointed Artistic Director of Williamstown Theatre Festival. The discussion will begin at 6 p.m. at the Modern Theatre. (Attendance is free with ticket to "Mortal Terror" or Suffolk University ID.)

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-- OnStage Boston



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