directed by Rich Ferraioli
It’s 1415. Henry V has been King of England for just two years. In a bid to cement his power and gain status, Henry seizes upon an obscure reading of an ancient law and a distant family connection to make a claim for the French throne. When the French reject his claim, Henry sets off to invade France and win the crown. But he faces daunting odds—an army unprepared for war, a people skeptical of his abilities, and the well-trained and large French forces. On a field known as Agincourt, Henry faces the chance to win glory and respect, or sink in ignominious defeat. Shakespeare begins his version of Henry V’s defining moment with a Chorus telling the audience that since a theater cannot hold an army and soldiers, they must participate in the production of the play by using their imaginations, along with the skills of the actors, to help bring the story to life. In The Queens Players production of “Henry V,” director Rich Ferraioli uses Shakespeare’s acknowledgment of the inescapable artificiality of theater to examine the idea that people are all actors playing roles—none more so than Henry who must convince the world that he is a king worthy of his throne.
9/17/2009 at 8:00pm