4 PM, Saturday, September 25th
FREE Family-Friendly Shakespeare in Ballard Park. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy!
SOCIAL DISTANCED SEATING will be conducted in the same way the Ridgefield CHIRP concerts have guided. You may sit with your group of family and friends, but groups should be separated by SIX FEET.
THE DRILLING COMPANY
The show is performed by a long-time favorite of the Michael Chekhov Theatre Festival,
THE DRILLING COMPANY. This Manhattan-based company is famous for its Shakespeare in the Parking Lot productions which frequently adapt its productions to modern dress and holds its performances in open parking lots in the summer heat of the city.
Directed by Hamilton Clancy, The Drilling Company’s production of The Two Noble Kinsmen recently ran at Bryant Park in New York City. The ensemble is led by two of the company’s veteran actors Brad Frost (Palemon) and John Caliendo (Arsite) and includes Jane Bradley ( the jail-keeper’s daughter) and Liz Livingston (Princess Emilia). Supporting actors include Lucas Rafael, Mary Linehan, Jacquan Turner and Remy Souchon. Karla Hendrick is the assistant director. Costume designs are by Sofia Piccolo and the set design is by Jennifer Varbalow.
Director Hamilton Clancy and Assistant Director Karla Hendrick have chosen to re-envision the story of Thebes and Athens into modern day circumstances of a spy caper complete with two Russian spies, a corporate magnate and an Interpol spy catcher. On the heels of a recent Biden-Putin summit , the play reflects the tensions of our time as a modern espionage story.
This Jacobean tragicomedy is based in Chaucer’s “Knight’s Tale” and was written between 1613 and 1614, and first published in 1634. Scholars now agree that the text was split between two authors.The initial writing was begun by William Shakespeare and the play was finalized by John Fletcher. Believed to be Shakespeare’s final play, the famous playwright, retired shortly after its writing and died in April of 1616.
Two Theban cousins, Palomon and Acite, are nephews of tyrant King Creon. Although they have the have proven their valor in fighting for the king, they are defeated by the Theseus, ruler of Athens, who throws the cousins in jail. From their prison window, they view the Athenian Queen’s sister, Princess Emilia. Instantly the two cousins fall for her beauty. This rivalry ruins their friendship. The jailer has a daughter who falls in love with Palomon and orchestrates his escape from prison. Arcite joins Palomon in the forest and the two argue then vow to fight over the princess.The play culminates with a fight to the finish ordered by the King of Athens.
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