The Vortex Theater is celebrating 40 years of theater in Albuquerque and the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in a big way. A BIG, BIG way.
Director Peter Shea Kierst has taken on the arduous task of telling the saga of King Henry IV and Henry V in a two-part opus, The Henry Project.
The story follows the dynastic struggles of the ailing King as he attempts to prepare his unruly son, Prince Hal, for the throne. Spanning two generations of rule and literally thousands of lines of Shakespeare is no easy task.
“It’s just big,” says Kierst, speaking to the enormity of the project. But as he points out, this isn’t just a history, it’s a story about people. A large gamut of individuals who are thrust in the struggles of finding, and preparing, the proper leader for rule.
Something millions of Americans can relate to with the current election cycle.
Part One of the project opens this weekend at the Vortex Theater. Part Two follows next weekend, beginning a run in repertory through December 4th.
For more information, head over to VortexABQ.org.
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