ABOUT THE CLASSICAL LAB
The Take Wing And Soar Classical Lab Reading Series was inaugurated in our 2004 Season. It was designed specifically to serve all of our constituencies; with special attention and emphasis on providing center stage opportunities showcasing the talent of classically trained actors of color.
Last year this special project served approximately 25 actors and we are proud to bring you another wonderful performance.
Monday, March 18, 2013 | 7:00PM
WAR OF THE ROSES
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Dathan B. Williams
Fight Choreography by Dan Burke
Faison Firehouse Theatre
9 Hancock Place | Harlem NY
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR DATHAN B. WILLIAMS has worked in the U.S. and Canada and is pleased to be returning to direct his second TWAS reading. He could be seen in these TWAS Classical Lab readings: Richard Greatham in Hay Fever, Ross in Macbeth, The Messenger in Medea and Cassius in Julius Caesar and in these TWAS full productions: The Ghost in Hamlet
and Jason in Medea. Several seasons ago
he had the pleasure to direct an English Pantomime version of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. He is .. Read More>>
ABOUT THE EVENT | Join us as a multiracial cast of 25-30 Classically Trained Actors take the stage to duel with words and swords in WAR OF THE ROSES, a three part epic retelling of Shakespeare’s Henry VI directed by Dathan B. Williams. WINE & CHEESE RECEPTION TO FOLLOW. LIMITED SEATING. RSVP STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. CALL US AT 212-696-6575 TO RSVP | | $10 DONATION.
THE DIRECTOR'S CONCEPT FOR THE SHOW | Very likely Shakespeare's first play, Henry VI Part I opens a chaotic and violent epic of national decay chronicling into England's Wars of the Roses – Parts II and III. Employing a sparse aesthetic, this production will employ blank verse and combat, emphasizing the tension between man the animal in action, murdering to protect, or lying to save, and the moral man trying to rule by a developed human ethic. Can a man be “good” and politic? Do you have to be a bad man to be a good King? This dilemma of power, I believe, is still what makes history tragic; overweening ambition by those wanting to wear the
Hollow Crown, made the lives of ordinary people very nasty, brutish and
short. Come join us for the stately pageantry, as we create a theatrical
spectacle worthy the youthful, subversive, testosterone fueled
Shakespeare who authored this bold, insane world and seldom
produced work. Inclusive/Non-Traditional Casting will be used for
CREATIVE AND PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Dathan B. Williams
Fight Choreographer: Dan Burke
TD/Lighting Design: James Carter
Sound Design: David D. WrightFight Choreography: Dan Burke
Casting Director: Sara Koch Casting
Producer: Debra Ann Byrd for TWAS Inc.
Director of Volunteer Services: LaZette McCants
Director of Patron Affairs: Natalie Clarke