Baldwin Wallace University will begin their 2013-2014 performance season with William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part One. The work will be directed by Adam Heffernan. Henry IV Part One is the coming of age story of the future king of England that comes complete with comic conspiracies and deeds of heroic magnitude. It tells the tale of how a young man grows into the job of being king and how this shapes the future of his nation. In his education the tavern, court and battlefield are his classrooms.
The show will run from October 9 through 12 at 7:30 p.m. and October 13 at 2:00 p.m. It will be presented in the John Patrick Theater at the Kleist Center for Art and Drama located at 95 East Bagley Road in Berea, Ohio.
In casting for this production, university students were matched with roles that mirrored their personalities or in some way challenged them in areas that they voluntarily wanted to seek growth in. Staring as the iconic Falstaff will be well known regional actor and BW adjunct professor, Aled Davies.
“Every decision we’ve made is based on the educational needs of the students,” Heffernan said. “The result, I believe, will be an evening of energetic and exciting storytelling. This is Shakespeare’s greatest play, and it has been a dream fulfilled to work with this extremely talented ensemble.”
A total of six extensive sword fights have been choreographed for this production by Dusten Welch. Music has been provided by composer and music director Aubrie Powell and Costuming is being done by Melanie Boeman. Jeff Herrmann (BW Professor of Theatre) will be handling the lighting design.
To purchase tickets, please visit the box office at Kleist Center or call 440-826-2240.