"Real Live Theatre is a brand-new ensemble that brings a thrilling immediacy and creative savvy to the stage."
-Chris Rohmann, The Valley Advocate
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF QUEEN MARGARET
a patchwork of Shakespeare's text as funneled and augmented by Toby Vera Bercovici and Dan Morbyrne
directed by Toby Vera Bercovici
Thursday August 10th - Sunday August 13th
Thursday August 17th - Sunday August 20th
Thurs - Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM both weekends
Theater for the New City
155 1st Avenue (at E. 10th St.), New York, NY
Cast: Myka Plunkett, Linda Tardif, Jeannine Haas*, Lisa Abend*, Kate Hare, Ellen Morbyrne, Annelise Nielsen, Emily Tanch
Stage Management/Lighting Design: Ezekiel Baskin
Choreography: Annelise Nielsen
Costume Design: Julia Vincenza Whalen & Rich Vaden
Sound Design: Catherine McCurry
Staff Design: Michael Humphries
Dramaturgy: Josh Platt
Stage Combat: Dan Morbyrne
Original Music: Cynthia Zaitz, Ph.D.
*Member of Actor's Equity Association
During the 100 Years’ War between England and France, just after the time of Joan of Arc, a young French princess is torn from her home and sent to a foreign land to become its queen. Surrounded by powerful men who resent her for her gender and origins, and coupled with a king both weak-willed and prone to madness, she forms an alliance with her new lover to take down critics and seize control of the kingdom. When battle lines are drawn, can she lead the country in war and protect the crown for herself, her king, and her heirs?
The Life and Death of Queen Margaret follows the story of Margaret of Anjou, a fierce, strong-willed, and independent woman who was both a historical figure and also one of Shakespeare's greatest characters. Her rise to leadership and subsequent downfall, portrayed through bitingly relevant and alarmingly prescient 400-year-old texts, hold a necessary mirror up to our modern society.
In a time when women's rights have been under attack by those in positions of supreme power, Real Live Theatre brings you this 'new' Shakespeare play which examines what really goes on when women rise to power inside patriarchal systems.
Real Live Theatre's The Life and Death of Queen Margaret features an all-female cast of eight. We are now booking tours in 2017 and in the 2017-2018 academic year. We are also available for residencies and concurrent workshops/class visits focused in speech, movement, devised ensemble, and Shakespeare's language.
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