'Henry V' Charles Gorrill


Henry V

Every Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Nov. 5-20
7:30 p.m.
Nov. 14
7:30 p.m.
Nov. 6
3 p.m.
Nov. 20
3 p.m.

Coinciding with the conclusion of one of the most contentious (and outright bizarre) presidential races in U.S. history, Theatre Pro Rata is summoning Shakespeare for some political wisdom. Henry V presents the titular king at a crossroads, determined to exchange the impertinent waywardness of his youth for the esteemed virtues of nobility. In a telling sign of the play’s complex ambiguity, critics continue to argue over the principles guiding Henry’s choices, most particularly in waging war on France. Nevertheless, the battlefield scenes (including the famed St. Crispin’s Day speech) rank among the most gripping of sequences in Shakespeare’s canon. Reflecting the myriad interpretations of the work, the Pro Rata cast (under the direction of Matt Sciple and consisting of Ricardo Beaird, Becca Hart, Meredith Larson, Gabriel Murphy, and Victoria Pyan) will alternate the role of Henry, suggesting the shifting prism by which we view historic figures and their actions. Drawing an even more direct connection to the modern day, Theatre Pro Rata will also be presenting a special three-performance remount of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, a concise musical survey of the feats and fiascos of those we’ve entrusted with the highest office in the land.