Head Trick Theatre Presents THE KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE
A theatre company begins their newest play, about a merchant's apprentice who falls in love with the merchant's beautiful daughter - when suddenly a couple in the audience interrupt to complain about plays making fun of honest London middle-class citizens, and demand a good old-fashioned adventure story, with knights, princesses, and giants. The exploits of the Knight of the Burning Pestle - a grocer's apprentice turned hero - combined with the original plot form the action of Francis Beaumont's metatheatrical adventure play.
"We're excited to be bringing audiences another one of those plays from Shakespeare's era that they might not get to see very often," says director Rebecca Maxfield. "Knight has forerunners of all sorts of gags that you'd think would be very modern - it gets compared to Monty Python a lot, if they did Don Quixote instead of King Arthur. But there are really sweet and sincere moments, too."
The Knight of the Burning Pestle will be performed with live folk music and dance in Providence's Blackstone Field, August 11-27. Bring a chair or picnic blanket and enjoy a comedy outdoors!
THE KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE
directed by Rebecca Maxfield
Head Trick Theatre presents THE KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE
Friday, August 11 - Sunday, August 27
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings at 8:00pm
Blackstone Field, 2 River Rd., Providence, RI 02906
Suggested donation $15
ABOUT HEAD TRICK THEATRE
Head Trick Theatre is a performing group based in Providence, RI that puts on innovative productions of classic plays with a focus on the importance of liveness. ReceNT Productions include The Cradle Will Rock, an ensemble-centric production of the legendary, ever-timely agitprop musical, and She Would If She Could, a comic exploration of human nature and performance in Restoration London. Previous summer theatre in the park: The Revenger's Tragedy (2016), As You Like It (2015). Upcoming: George Sand's Gabriel and Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance in residency at AS220. For more information, visit http://www.headtricktheatre.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.