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 SRU Theater Department Offers Shakespeare's 'Henry IV' 

 

SPOTLIGHT

9/19/2006

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

SRU THEATER DEPARTMENT TO OFFER SHAKESPEARE’S ‘HENRY IV, PART I’

     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa – “Henry IV, Part I,” held by many to be Shakespeare’s greatest history play, will be staged for seven performances by the Slippery Rock University theater department as it opens its 2006-07 season in Miller Auditorium.

     The play’s curtains are at 8 p.m. Oct. 6, 7, 9-11, with 2 p.m. matinee performances Oct. 7-8. The setting for the production is environmental, with a combination of chairs and floor cushions as audience seating. Tickets are $5 for chairs and $3 for a floor cushion, and may be reserved by calling the Miller Auditorium Box Office at 724-738-2645.

     The play is based loosely on the unstable reign of King Henry IV of England, who came to rule by dethroning Richard II.  King Henry not only struggles with keeping his kingdom from being overthrown by rebels led by Hotspur; he also struggles with keeping his son, Prince Hal, from being trapped in a life of idleness, thievery and lies by his less-than-virtuous friend Falstaff.

      King Henry will be played by Jeff Feola, a theater major from New Castle, with Buddy Wickerham, a secondary education major from McMurray as Hotspur, Matt McNear a theater major from Beaver, as Prince Hal, and Dennis Whalen a secondary education major from Connoquenessing, as Falstaff.  “Henry IV” is filled with political scandal, battle, romance, and some of the funniest comedy written.

     Dr. David Skeele, professor of theater, directs the production and Gordon Phetteplace, associate professor of theater, is designing the set. Students involved in the technical aspects include props master Kelly McBane of Pittsburgh, stage manager Michelle Rimmer of Hershey, and lighting designer Braden Blauser of Parker.

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