Montford Park Players Announce Summer Schedule
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The Montford Park Players, North Carolina's longest running Shakespeare festival, brings a summer of power, intrigue and passion to the stage as it opens its 36th season with "Antony & Cleopatra," June 6 - 29.
This well-known tale of political intrigue and passion tells of the power struggle between Mark Antony and Oc-tavian (later Augustus Caesar) for control of what would become the Roman Empire, and Antony's fateful alliance with the seductive and beautiful Cleopatra, queen of Egypt.
Political intrigue and passion continue with the rarely-performed "Henry VIII," July 11-20. King Henry's determination to divorce the barren Catherine of Aragon to marry Anne Boleyn and produce an heir to the English throne forces a political struggle with the Pope, culminating in the dissolution of the English Church from Rome. Henry VIII is presented as a part of the Stripped-Down Shakespeare Series.
More political intrigue and passion follow in a lighter vein with "As You Like It," Aug. 1-24. Duke Senior has been usurped of his throne by his brother, Duke Frederick, and has fled to the Forest of Arden, where he lives like Robin Hood with a band of loyal followers. The romantic intrigues of Rosalind, Duke Senior's daughter, unfold with comic results.
The season closes with Christopher Marlowe's powerful tale of power as a corrupting influence, "Doctor Faustus," Sept. 5-28. Faustus sells his soul to the devil for power, wealth and knowledge. He imagines piling up unlimited wealth, reshaping the map of Europe, and gaining access to every scrap of knowledge about the universe. However, gaining absolute power corrupts Faustus by making him mediocre and by transforming his boundless ambition into a meaningless delight in petty celebrity. At the end, overcome by fear and remorse, Faustus begs for mercy, but is it too late?
All productions are free to the public, and donations are welcome. Performances take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, beginning at 7:30 p.m. For more information call (828) 254-5146 or visit http://www.montfordparkplayers.org.