September 14, 2016 - October 9, 2016
Inspired over decades of exploring the canon, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines unveils her landmark six-play Shakespeare history cycle, Tug of War. This ambitious undertaking explores Shakespeare's battle-scarred history plays from the perspectives of both kings and common men-revealing the playwright's wisdom on war, both foreign and domestic, and its very human consequences.
The multi-generational narrative unfolds over two installments: in Spring 2016, Tug of War: Foreign Fire incorporates the oft-disputed Edward III, Henry V and Henry VI, Part 1; in Fall 2016, Tug of War: Civil Strife takes the stage with Henry VI, Parts 2 and 3 and Richard III. With a production as large in scale as the subject matter, this bold enterprise offers fresh insight into the playwright's brilliance.
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