The Knight of the Burning Pestle
directed by Kevin Dodd
A troupe of actors are about to begin The London Merchant, a quaint play centering on middle-class characters, when a pair of rough-and-tumble working-class spectators and their apprentice, Rafe, interrupt the action and demand to see a play about a Grocer-Errant battling bloodthirsty “giants,” wooing exotic princesses, and leading armies into battle. The players do their best to maintain their dignity and continue their play as they are forced to perform impromptu scenes with the Rafe, the quixotic knight. A fore-runner to modern satires, Knight… spares no one. It is at once an homage to and parody of The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry V, Don Quixote, and countless other period comedies and chivalric romances. At the same time, it begs the question: What happens to the voice of the author in an age where the audience dictates the story?
7/12/2006 at 8:00pm