ASP's HENRY VIII Sells Out, 1/5 Performance Added
Due to popular demand, Actors' Shakespeare Project's announces the addition of a performance of William Shakepeare's HENRY VIII on Sunday January 5 at 7pm. The final history play and the ultimate tale of colliding politics, religion, lust, and palace intrigue. Directed by Tina Packer, this seldom-produced work comes to life on stage at The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, 525 Washington Street, Boston. For tickets and information go online at www.actorsshakespeareproject.org or call 866-811-4111.
Four hundred years after its premiere, the era and personalities of Henry VIII remain firmly in the public's imagination-a story so explosive it literally set fire to The Globe Theatre in 1613- and as fodder for pop culture interpretations, such as Showtime's "The Tudors". Through brilliant language, the Bard takes audiences back to the religiously tinged conflict between King Henry VIII (Allyn Burrows) and the Roman Church, showing the struggle for dominance from the King's perspective. After years of marriage to his brother's widow, Henry begins to suspect his union with Katherine of Aragon (Tamara Hickey) isn't as holy as he once believed. Is honest doubt driving his change of heart, or is his burgeoning love for the alluring Anne Boleyn (Kathryn Myles) truly to blame?
The cast features Resident Acting Company members Henry VIII (Allyn Burrows), Gardiner, 1st Gentleman (Johnnie McQuarley), Prologue and Epilogue, Abergevanny, Sands, 2nd Gentleman, Old Lady, Patience, Capucius (Bobbie Steinbach), Cardinal Wolsey (Robert Walsh) and Duke of Norfolk (Michael Forden Walker). Additional cast includes Queen Katherine (Tamara Hickey), Anne Boleyn (Kathryn Myles), Lovell, Cranmer, Surveyor (Ross MacDonald), Duke of Buckingham, Campeius, Dr. Butts (Craig Mathers), and Chamberlain (Omar Robinson).
The creative team includes Tina Packer (Director), Steven Barkhimer and Brooke Hardman (Co-Associate Directors), Janie E. Howland (Scenic Designer), Daniel H. Jentzen (Lighting Designer) Tyler Kinney (Costume & Mask Designer), Susan Dibble (Choreographer), Steven Deptula (Sound Designer), Karen Kopryanski (Vocal Coach) and Alex Sovronsky (Composer/Music Performer).