Bring Down the House

bring-down-the-houseHave you heard the latest about William Shakespeare? Oxford University Press recently credited Christopher Marlowe as co-author for Henry VI Parts 1, 2, and 3. NPR has an interesting interview with Gary Taylor, Florida State University professor and one of the general editors of The New Oxford Shakespeare, in which he details the process for determining authorship.

In an act of remarkable timing, you have three chances to catch a performance from an exciting new adaptation of Shakespeare’s (and Marlowe’s) Henry VI trilogy at The Seattle Public Library.  Actors will read an excerpt from Seattle Shakespeare Company’s upcoming production of Bring Down the House, a thunderous, all-female, two-part adaptation of the Henry VI trilogy. Each reading will be followed by a question and answer session.


Bring Down the House was adapted by Rosa Joshi and Kate Wisniewski of upstart crow collective, a Seattle-based, all-female theatre collective committed to creating classical works for a contemporary audience. There are lots of reasons to be excited about this adaptation, not least of which is seeing an all-female cast tackle weighty Shakespearean roles usually reserved for men.

Reading dates:

Central Library – Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, 6 – 7 p.m.
Columbia Branch – Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, 3 – 4 p.m.
Douglas Truth Branch – Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, 5 – 6 p.m.

You may also want to check out BBC’s recently released The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses. The miniseries includes Henry VI Part 1 and 2, and Richard III and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Judi Dench. If you’d like to see a female actor taking on a traditionally male role, check out Helen Mirren’s turn as Prospera (rather than Prospero) in Julie Taymor’s version of The Tempest.

~ posted by Richard V.

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