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UNCSA KICKS OFF SHAKESPEARE SERIES 
WITH AN INVENTIVE TWIST ON HENRY V

Performances February 19th through 22nd at 7:30 pm, and February 22nd and 23rd at 2 pm

Freedman Theatre, Performance Place, UNC School of the Arts 

Tickets $13-15. (336) 721-1945


WINSTON-SALEMNC – The School of Drama and the School of Design & Production at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts present Henry V, Shakespeare’s moving historical drama which follows a young monarch’s struggle to protect his kingdom. The performance is the first of four Shakespearean works that will be staged this spring by UNCSA. 

The large production features 3rd and 4th year students from the School of Drama. Led by Guest Director Stephen Fried from New York’s New School for Drama, the show adopts a play-within-a-play concept as a means to explore how each character, and actor, can both discover and uncover the play. 

“Essentially, we have actors performing the roles as Shakespeare intended,” explained Fried. “But that plot and story is presented in a new context that makes it more relatable to modern audiences. Using this conceit, we’re able to explore how we connect with Henry V. This is really an opportunity to perceive a much-beloved storyline through a bright, shiny lens.”

According to Dean of Drama Carl Forsman, “Stephen Fried has a wildly inventive visual sensibility when it comes to Shakespeare. When I first conceived that we would attempt a production as ambitious as Henry V, he was my first phone call. As always, his truly original take on the material was nothing short of captivating. It’s been an incredible process to watch. And I’m excited for the production.”

Henry V is the final play in a series of historical plays by William Shakespeare. It follows the young king’s rise to power in perilous times. Though written in the 1500’s , the drama resonates with complex modern problems of leadership and nationalism. 

Henry V is presented as the first of a four-production Shakespeare Spring at the School. Scheduled productions include:

  •  Henry V, Feb. 19-23. Shakespeare’s classic tale of heroism and national identity will be re-spun as a fable about the American discovery of British history. An exciting, adventurous tale of leadership with a new twist. Directed by Guest Artist Stephen Fried. In The Gerald Freedman Theatre, Performance Place, UNCSA.
  • The Winter’s Tale, Feb. 26-March 2. Shakespeare’s darkly comedic investigation into the cost of jealousy spans 16 years and the European continent, featuring a magical statue and a man-eating bear. Directed by Guest Artist Gus Kaikkonen. In the Catawba Theatre, Performance Place, UNCSA.
  • Romeo and Juliet, March 26-30. In a culture of violence and mistrust, two teen-agers defy their parents’ acrimonies and risk everything to be together. Directed by Drama Dean Carl Forsman. In Patrons Theatre, Performance Place, UNCSA.
  • As You Like It, April 2-6. Escape with Shakespeare’s sharp-witted and full-blooded heroine Rosalind into the Forest of Arden for a romantic adventure of love at first sight, mistaken identities, and comic mishaps. Directed by Guest Artist Susan Fenichell. In Catawba Theatre, Performance Place, UNCSA.

For information about tickets and to reserve your seat, contact the Box Office at 336-721-1945, or purchase tickets online at: www.uncsa.edu/performances.

For descriptions, details and links to the entire UNC School of the Arts 2013 - 2014 performance season online, visit www.uncsaevents.com.

About Guest Director Stephen Fried

As a member of the Faculty at the New School for Drama, Stephen Fried’s recent classical work includes The Merchant of VeniceMacbeth, and Much Ado About Nothing (Trinity Shakespeare), All's Well That Ends WellThe Comedy of ErrorsA Midsummer Night's DreamMacbeth, and Coriolanus (all at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), Henry IV, Part 1 (Milwaukee Shakespeare), and Love's Labour's Lost (Illinois Shakespeare Festival). From 2005 to 2008 he served as the Resident Assistant Director at Washington, DC's Shakespeare Theatre Company. He is published in the RSC's most recent edition of All's Well That Ends Well.

His work on new plays includes Cori Thomas's His Daddy (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Sarah Treem's Orphan Island (Sundance Theatre Lab), as well as plays by Clarence Coo, Victor Kaufold, David Lefort Nugent, and Kenneth Lin.

His current projects include collaborations with composer Joshua Schmidt on a new musical based on the life and work of Nikolai Gogol, a collaboration with playwright Clarence Coo on a new adaptation of Dovid Pinski's Professor Brenner for New Worlds Theatre Project, a collaboration with David Leong on a multimedia adaptation of Macbeth, and a marathon adaptation with actor Derek Wilson of Shakespeare's entire history cycle.

In addition to his work at the New School for Drama, he is a frequent instructor at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O'Neil Theatre Center as well as the Summer Professional Training Program at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. He is the recipient of the Drama League Director's Fellowship as well as the Jacob Javitz Fellowship, and has trained at the Center for Theatre Studies in Gardzienice, Poland, and with the Double Edge Theatre troupe. He holds a B.A. in History and Drama from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. 

About the University of North Carolina School of the Arts

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNC School of the Arts is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“the City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. 

For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

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Calendar Listing

HENRY V

Freedman Theatre, Performance Place, UNCSA, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem, NC
February 19th through 22nd at 7:30 pm, and February 22nd and 23rd at 2 pm

Produced by the School of Drama and the School of Design & Production at UNCSA

Shakespeare’s stirring historical drama of a young king’s transition into manhood and monarchy continues to reflect the uneasy mantle of leadership even in modern times. In its portrayal of war, Henry V is decidedly ambiguous, prompting the audience to weigh the prosperity of a nation against the inevitable sacrifice of combat. 

MORE INFO: http://uncsaevents.com/event/31114-henry-v 

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