“Henry V” and “Henry VI” Part 1 close the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s 58th season.
Actors Geoffrey Kent and Benjamin Bonenfant are well-known to DCPA and Colorado Shakespeare Festival audiences. But the summer of 2015 marks their rites of passage into playing significant (if very disparate) Shakespearean leaders. Kent is playing the villain Iago, Shakespeare's largest role, in Othello, while Bonenfant is playing the rapscallion prince-turned-warrior in Henry V. While the roles span the moral gamut, both characters use honor as a weapon of persuasion. The pair talk with DCPA Senior Arts Journalist John Moore about their particular acting challenges and character justifications.
"Sam and Anne Sandoe, both familiar and familial members of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 acting company, now have 41 seasons between them. There are part of Boulder’s first family of theatre -- a royal lineage that goes back 71 years."
"Wittenberg’s contemporary message presents a unique opportunity for students to peer into their own lives. The play speaks to the difficulty high school graduates face when entering college, she says, when they are suddenly asked, “What do you think?” While such themes can often be cited in modern movies and novels, seeing the ideas come forth through the language of live performance is rare."
"In her directorial debut with the CSF, Lisa Wolpe leads a sterling cast through a thoughtful, nuanced and heartbreaking take on the text. The production brilliantly balances themes of race, class and politics with a central focus on the perils of jealousy and suspicion."
Yes, a thousand times yes, William Shakepeare's "Othello" is about race and otherness. It is also an utterly painful lesson in the battered, betrayed alliances of war and of love.
CSF volunteer ushers helps to greet, seat, and assist our patrons.
There are...serious passages of genuine theological exegesis and argument, as well as many laugh lines, particularly when the audience recognizes actual lines from Shakespeare’s Hamlet popping up in fractured and surprising ways.
Kent's combat work naturally led him to more and more Shakespearean roles, until now he's as well-known as a stalwart interpreter of the Bard as he is as a master at choreographing stage violence.
Lisa Wolpe and Emmy Award-winning actor Peter Macon debut with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.