The Irondale Ensemble Project is as close as we come these days to the Elizabethan acting companies that once presented Shakespeare’s plays to the Earl of Leicester, Sir Francis Drake and the Virgin Queen of England. ...What is on offer is the miracle of the word made flesh. I wish you joy in it.” —Lewis Lapham, editor of Lapham’s Quarterly
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Irondale Center and Royalty Free Theater co-present



The War of the Roses tells the story of how the Hundred Year's War between England and France sets in motion a bloody civil war in England. The death of Henry V creates a power vacuum that his son Henry VI ('in infant bands crown'd king'), is unable to fill. Throwing their weight behind either Henry or his rivals in the House of York, various figures in the English nobility scheme to enhance their own power and prestige.

This new adaptation by Royalty Free Theater of Shakespeare's Henry VI (Parts 1, 2, and 3), is a riveting story about how personal ambition and gamesmanship can tear a nation apart.

Directed by Sophia Watt with technical direction by Michaelangelo DeSerio and stage managed by Emily Juliani, the cast includes Ben Cole (Hartford Stage- CT Critics Circle Award for best newcomer for The Tempest), Jeremy Sevelovitz (Goodspeed Opera House, Theaterworks USA), Alex Levin (TUTs, Goodspeed Opera House), Christina King (Rattlestick Theater, The Actor's Temple, The Cohoes Music Hall), and Joel Dommel (Goodspeed Opera House). Along with Tim Rizzo, Jayce Johnson, Gerrard James, Nick Demarco and Morgan Hammel. Also featuring an original score by Ryan Beckley.

Royalty Free Theater is a new company formed by students from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. Their focus is on reinterpreting classic works with an eye toward relevance and social commentary, as well as a commitment to collaboration and community engagement. The entire company is delighted to have a space as majestic as Irondale as the home for their inaugural project. www.facebook.com/RoyaltyFreeTheater

The War of the Roses

April 4-13
Thursday - Saturday | 8PM
Tickets $18
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