Burning Coal Theatre Company continues its 15th season with Shakespeare's Henry V (on Trapeze) presented in collaboration with the NYC-based Fight or Flight. The production will run December 1 - 18, 2011 at the Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm (December 1 - 3, 8 - 10, 15 - 17, 2011) and Sundays at 2 pm (December 4, 11, 18, 2011). Sunday, December 4 at 2 pm is our ‘Pay What You Can' Day. That performance will also be Audio Described. Tickets are $20 or $15 for students, seniors and active military. All tickets are $10 on Thursday evenings. For reservations and information, please call 919-834-4001 or visit www.burningcoal.org. Play contains strong language and is recommended for people 16 and above.
About Henry V (on Trapeze)
Shakespeare's classic story of King Henry, having recently ascended the throne of England upon the death of his father, Henry IV, is immediately challenged by war with France. His efforts to manipulate the political power structure while rousing the warring troupes and persuading the people of England to follow him into battle makes up the majority of the play. Along the way, Henry must deal with his old friends from Eastcheap (followers of the recently deceased Sir John Falstaff), woo The Princess of France, and fight one of the most lopsidEd Battles in recorded history. It is upon the muddy plains of Agincourt, fighting against virtually insurmountable odds, that Henry's destiny lies.
About Fight or Flight
Fight or Flight strives to create new and innovative theatrical productions through the marriage of traditional theatre with the aerial arts. By taking to the air, they aim to utilize dimensions typically not addressed by conventional stage performances, thus opening a new realm of possibilities for their audiences. B y mixing the established with the cutting-edge, they offer both new and seasoned theatre goers rare and original experiences that challenge preconceptions, and expand the imagination.
About the Director
Steven Cole Hughes is Resident Playwright and Director for Fight or Flight. His also an actor and educator. He is the winner of the 2008 Denver Post Ovation Award for Best New Work for his play, Billy Hell, which premiered at Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, CO. Other plays include: Intrusives (a Denver Center Theatre Company commission), Behold! The Fig Leaf Apron (commissioned and produced by the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City), cowboyily (Creede Rep & Bloomington Playwrights Project), Slabtown (Creede Rep & Denver Center Theatre Company), and Battleground State, a low-flying trapeze play he wrote and directed for the MFA students at The National Theatre Conservatory. Two of his ten-minute plays, Live! and Germany '06, were produced in London and then taken to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As an actor, he has appeared in over a dozen plays in ten years with the Denver Center Theatre Company, and has appeared regionally at Portland Center Stage, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, Baltimore Centerstage, Creede Rep, and The Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis. He has a BA in theatre from Indiana University and an MFA from The National Theatre Conservatory. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity Association, and The Dramatists Guild of America.
About the Cast and Crew
New York City-based actors Daniel Loeser (Henry) and Eileen Little (Princess) will appear with Burning Coal company members John Allore (Enron, The Shape of the Table), Samantha Corey (Pornography, Molly Sweeney), Jade Arnold (1960, Crowns), Jenn Suchanec (The Prisoner's Dilemma, Pentecost), Whitney Madren (To Kill A Mockingbird) and Lucius Robinson (Howie the Rookie, The Prisoner's Dilemma). Eileen Little is producing Artistic Director of Fight or Flight. She has performed at the Denver Center Theatre, Baltimore Theatre Project and the Kennedy Center with Bill Pullman. She currently teachers single-point trapeze at Ruby Streak Studios. Daniel Loeser has appeared with Fight or Flight in Richard II in New York City, at Denver Center Theatre, California Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Rep and Ensemble Studio Theatre.
For further information, please contact Burning Coal's managing director, Simmie Kastner, at 919.834.4001 or visit our website at www.burningcoal.org.