The Life and Death of Queen Margaret
A patchwork of mostly Shakespeare’s text as funneled and augmented by
Toby Vera Bercovici and Dan Morbyrne
Directed by Toby Vera Bercovici
A dance-theatre retelling of Shakespeare, performed by eight dynamic actresses.
The Life and Death of Queen Margaret is a new piece of dance-theatre which liberates some of Shakespeare's most poignant feminist writing from a series of plays about men and their experience of history. Queen Margaret was a fierce, strong-willed, and independent woman, both historically and in Shakespeare’sHenry VI and Richard III plays. This piece brings her to the forefront of her own story by combining extant scenes from Shakespeare, scenes which are a patchwork of multiple Shakespeare plays, and occasional adaptor-written chunks of iambic pentameter. What it cannot tell through words, it shows through breathtaking choreography. Created and performed by Western Massachusetts-based ensemble Real Live Theatre.
Myka Plunkett: Margaret of Anjou
Linda Tardif: Joan of Arc, Humphrey Duke of Gloucester, Richard Duke of Gloucester
Jeannine Haas*: Theophanie, Lord John Clifford, King Louis XI
Julissa Rodriguez: Duke of Suffolk, Prince Edward
Kate Hare: King Henry VI, Rutland
Annelise Nielsen: Eleanor Duchess of Gloucester, King Edward IV
Ellen Morbyrne: Richard Duke of York, Catherine Clifford, Queen Elizabeth
Emily Tanch: Earl of Warwick, Witch
Director: Toby Vera Bercovici
Choreographer: Annelise Nielsen
Stage Manager/Lighting Designer: Ezekiel Baskin
Costume Designer: Julia Vincenza Whalen
Assistant Costume Designer: Rich Vaden
Sound Designer: Catherine McCurry
Dramaturg: Josh Platt
Fight Choreographer: Dan Morbyrne
Founded in 2013, Real Live Theatre is a cooperatively produced theatre company based in Western Massachusetts. As a collective of theatre artists, we seek to create unique, dynamic, and powerful pieces of storytelling. We are committed to working as an ensemble, to training in our craft, to discovering new ways to tell old stories, to generating new stories, and to excellence in our art. We encourage ourselves and each other to reach our highest potential as storytellers and performance artists. Real Live Theatre is exactly what we do and who we are, and we bring the fullness of our love and courage to this art. www.reallivetheatre.net.
Featuring an original song by Cynthia Zaitz, Ph.D. and scenery by woodworker Michael Humphries.
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Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave.
(at E. 10th Street)
General Admission: $18
Theater for the New City