We are heading into the breach dear friends. Week 5 of rehearsals for our lean mean production of HENRY V. This cut is designed for 8 actors (4 men/4 women) to tell the story of King Henry the V. He wasn’t King for long but during his reign he took France for his own. This is one of Shakespeare’s history plays which are full of humor, action and romance and this play doesn’t disappoint.
All 8 of the actors get a shot at playing King Henry. (Henry has 8 scenes in the play) Next week I’ll post a video from rehearsals…
This one hour and forty minute cut was done by Hisa Takakuwa with some help from me. We produced it at Actors Co-op in Hollywood, CA in 2005 with Ms Takakuwa directing and myself acting. It was a very low budget second stage production that really hit home America’s situation in Afghanistan and Iraq.
There is no intermission and the play moves quickly. The actors get a chance to play followers and leaders which really highlights the questions: What does it mean to be a follower? What does it mean to be a leader? What if you are asked to go to war? What do you do if you no longer believe in that war? What does it mean to be conquered?
There will be a discussion after every performance and we’d love to talk with you about the play and how it resonates with you. Follow! Follow