Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher's
A King and No King
March 30th - April 23rd, 2017
The Lab at Convergence
1819 N. Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22302
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8pm
Saturday at 3pm
Sunday at 2pm and 7pm
About the Play
The Brave Spirits repertory continues the 2016-2017 season’s theme of dangerous love, with two couples defying the greatest of all taboos: the fact that they are brother and sister. In both plays, incestuous passion threatens to overcome reason, but to very different results. BST is excited to pair Ford’s gruesome tragedy with Beaumont and Fletcher’s rarely performed tragicomedy.
A King and No King runs approximately two hours, ten minutes, including a ten-minute intermission.
Cast and Creative
For BST: Clarence, Ratcliffe, Dorset (Richard III), Snug the Joiner (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), the Jailer’s Daughter (The Two Noble Kinsmen). Local credits include Constellation Theatre Company: Avenue Q (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Helen Production), Urinetown (Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Helen Musical Production); Folger Theatre: Richard III; WSC Avant Bard: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Pinky Swear Productions: The Last Burlesque; LiveArtDC: Drunkle Vanya; No Rules Theatre Company: Boeing Boeing; Taffety Punk: Titus Andronicus; 1st Stage: Blithe Spirit. She has worked as a voice/dialect coach with Rorschach Theatre and Flying V Theatre. Jenna has a BA in Drama and English from UVa and a BA (Hons) from LAMDA. http://www.jennaberk.com/
For BST: Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet) and Giovanni (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore). http://www.dannycackley.com/
Gary is happy to be playing with Brave Spirits again after performing in The Maid’s Tragedy in 2016. Other recent DC-area credits include Much Ado About Nothing with NextStop Theatre Company, War of the Worlds, which performed in both DC and Prague, with Scena Theatre, As You Like It with Annapolis Shakespeare Company, and HUNT: A Political Drama, a venue best-selling production of the 2016 Capital Fringe Festival. He has also toured nationally and performed around New England and Minnesota’s Twin Cities. www.garydubreuil.com
Erik Harrison is an actor as well as the founding Artistic Director of the Coil Project. Theatre: Dream Within a Dream: Madness (Through the Fourth Wall), Three Days of Rain (Independent) The Island of Misfit Toys (Rorschach), A Bright Room Called Day (Nu Sass), It Will All Make Sense in the Morning, #sexts, and Strange Tales (Coil). Film: The Immigrant’s Wife, On the Wing. Television: Evil Kin, Deadly Affairs, ABCs of Online Dating.
Lisa was previously seen as Westminster, Worcester, and Davy in BST’s Henri IV: The Re-Gendered Henry IV Repertory.
is an actor, singer, and poet. His recent productions include Avant Bard’s world premiere of TAME. (Patrick), Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s The Three Musketeers (d’Artagnan), Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s Three Sisters (Kulygin), and Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s The Winter’s Tale in Original Pronunciation (Florizel). He holds a double-degree in Vocal Performance (BM) and English (BA) from the University of Maryland and studied Bel Canto under Dominic Cossa
For BST she has played Hotspur, Coleville, Clarence, Mouldy (Henri IV). She has an MFA in Acting from Catholic University.
Ian Blackwell Rogers
For BST: Duke, Antonio, Launce (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Stanley, Tyrrel, Lord Mayor (Richard III), Theseus, Oberon (Two Noble Kinsmen/Midsummer Night’s Dream) and the King (The Maid’s Tragedy). Ian is a Resident Company Member of Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, where he’s been privileged to undertake many wonderful roles in BSF’s stripped-down, Shakespearean staging conditions, playing Hamlet, Macbeth, Prospero, Shylock, Petruchio, Malvolio, Touchstone, and Leontes. Ian is a member of Pallas Theatre Collective, where he played Adolphus Cusins in Major Barbara, and Gonzalo in The Tempest. He played Edgar Allan Poe in A Dream Within a Dream, an immersive theater project for the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival. He’s also worked with Scena Theatre, in Public Enemy, The Plague, The Chairs, and The Insect Play.
Alison is thrilled to be making her Brave Spirits debut. She has previously worked with Doorway Arts Ensemble (Amy, Out of Sync) Pocket Change Theatre Company (Odysseus, A Pocket Odyssey; Titania/Flute/Hippolyta, Midsummer on a Playground), RoseProse Productions (Ensemble, Voices; BOXES), Prince Georges Shakespeare (Ensemble, Midsummer; Tempest), The Highwood Theatre (Joan, The Long Way Around) and Active Cultures (Lizzie, Faceless; Clover, What Fresh Hell). Alison is a company member with ReVision dance company, in residence at Dance Place. She holds a BA in Drama from The Catholic University of America..
Kathryn is thrilled to be involved in her first Brave Spirits production. She received her BA in theatre and music from the University of Pittsburgh and studied physical theatre and Commedia dell’Arte at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. She is an Associated Artist with Faction of Fools and most recently appeared in their production of The Miser as Valère and La Flèche. She has also had the privilege of working with Folger Theatre, Rep Stage, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, Imagination Stage, and Compass Rose Theater. She currently studies voice with Gran Wilson and is a proud Equity Membership Candidate. Upcoming: Cordelia in King Lear with WSC Avant Bard. www.kathrynzoerb.com
BRAVE SPIRITS: Artistic Associate; (as Dramaturg) The Maid’s Tragedy, Arden of Faversham. Directing: Folger Consort: Second Shepherds’ Play (Text Coach); American Shakespeare Center: Swetnam the Woman Hater (staged reading), The Island Princess (staged reading), A Christmas Carol (Co-director). Assitant Directing: Folger Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mary Stuart; Studio Theatre 2nd Stage: Mary-Kate Olsen Is In Love; American Shakespeare Center: Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Comedy of Errors. Other Dramaturgy: Royal Shakespeare Company Scholar’s Pitch: Look About You, Ram Alley; Shakespeare Institute Players: Edward II, The Comedy of Errors; Mary Baldwin College: King Lear, Der Bestrafte Brudermord, Love’s Labour’s Lost. Training: MFA, Mary Baldwin College.
Previously with Brave Spirits Antony & Cleopatra, Henri 4, Athens Rep, Bloody Banquet. Recently elsewhere, alight dance theatre, Stargazing, Bowen McCauley Dance Thermal Pearl Ascending, We Happy Few, Chalk. Upcoming designs include: Capital Fringe Festival Venues, We Happy Few Henry V, Georgetown University Divorciadas, Evangelistas y Vegetarianas. Pallas Theater Collective, Crazy Mary Lincoln. For more updates: https://www.facebook.com/JbrinkeLighting/.
Casey staged violence for BST’s The Maid’s Tragedy, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet and Co-Directed The Bloody Banquet. A Certified Fight Director with the Society of American Fight Directors, Casey has arranged fights for more than four hundred productions throughout the country, including extensive work with the Folger, Round House, Signature, and Rorschach Theatres. He designed blood effects for Faction of Fools’ Titus Andronicus and Constellation Theatre’s Lieutenant of Inishmore, as well as the Men at Arms: Reforged web series, and he serves as an audition choreographer for Marvel Universe Live. Casey has been an instructor at Catholic University, the University of Mary Washington, University of Maryland – Baltimore County, as well as a guest artist for Fight Directors Canada and the Nordic Stagefight Society. He founded and fostered Tooth & Claw Combat Arts into the largest stage combat training program in the DC area: www.toothandclawcombat.com
is a dramaturg, theatre practitioner, teacher, and scholar of early modern drama. Her previous dramaturgy credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost (dir. Dr Jacquelyn Bessell, ASC), and The Tempest (dir. Shakespeare’s Globe Associate Giles Block, ASC). Following several years of research on Dekker and Middleton’s The Bloody Banquet, she worked as a production dramaturg with BST for the first professional staging of the play in almost four hundred years. Claire received her BA in English from Washington College and her MLitt in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College in association with the American Shakespeare Center.
is a local costume designer, this her first show with Brave Spirits. She has her MFA from George Washington University in production design with a focus in costumes. She has her BFA from S.C.A.D University of Creative Careers in fibers. She has worked as a designer, assistant designer and costume construction at the following theater companies GWU, the Folger, Traveling Players Ensemble, Adventure, Synthetic, Signature, Next Stop, Washington Stage Guild, Pinky Swear, Constellation, and Howard University. adaliavera.com
Thursday, March 30: @ 8pm: Preview ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Friday, March 31 @ 8pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Saturday, April 1 @ 3pm: Preview A King and No King
Saturday, April 1 @ 8pm: A King and No King
Sunday, April 2 @ 2pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Sunday, April 2 @ 7pm: A King and No King
Thursday, April 6: @ 8pm: A King and No King
Friday, April 7 @ 8pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Saturday, April 8 @ 3pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Saturday, April 8 @ 8pm: A King and No King
Sunday, April 9 @ 2pm: A King and No King
Sunday, April 9 @ 7pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Thursday, April 13: @ 8pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Friday, April 14 @ 8pm: A King and No King
Saturday, April 15 @ 3pm: A King and No King
Saturday, April 15 @ 8pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Sunday, April 16 @ 2pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Sunday, April 16 @ 7pm: A King and No King
Thursday, April 20: @ 8pm: A King and No King
Friday, April 21 @ 8pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Saturday, April 22 @ 3pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Saturday, April 22 @ 8pm: A King and No King
Sunday, April 23 @ 2pm: A King and No King
Sunday, April 23 @ 7pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
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