05.17.14 – 06.15.14
This production by Shakespeare Festival Saint Louis is a confluence of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1 and Henry IV Part 2 into one play. This synopsis reflects our adaptation.
Having deposed King Richard II, Henry Bolingbroke (now King Henry IV) discusses with his court the recent fighting against the Welsh and Scots, as a result of which Henry Percy (nicknamed Hotspur) has refused to yield up his prisoners. Henry regrets that Prince Hal, his own son and heir, does not match Hotspur’s prowess. When Henry meets Hotspur, Northumberland (Hotspur’s father), and Worcester, Hotspur still refuses to comply; all three later discuss their grievances and plan rebellion. Lady Percy, Hotspur’s wife, tries to find out if her husband is putting himself in danger.
Meanwhile, Prince Hal is found at leisure with Sir John Falstaff and his companions. They plan a robbery, but Hal and Poins secretly plan to disguise themselves and rob the robbers of their gains. Events take place as predicted, and later in the tavern they play out the jest on Falstaff. Hal and Falstaff then role-play the forthcoming meeting between Hal and his father—first Falstaff and then Hal take the part of Henry. At the real meeting with the King, Hal vows to meet the challenges of the battlefield and to take on Hotspur in mortal combat. Hostess Quickly and Falstaff spar over his unpaid debts, but eventually all prepare to join in battle against the rebels.
King Henry, now encamped at Shrewsbury, has a sleepless night as he ponders his broken friendship with Northumberland and their collective role in the destruction of King Richard.
Hotspur and his associates, also at Shrewsbury, receive news from Northumberland that he is too sick to help them. They decide to proceed nonetheless. Falstaff leads a platoon of poor, unqualified men to the front.
Worcester receives a generous peace offering from the King but hides these offers from the other rebels, reporting instead that Henry is defiant. The battle of Shrewsbury begins. Prince Hal and his brother Prince John both fight bravely, and Hal saves his father from being killed by Douglas. Hal then kills Hotspur. Falstaff, feigning death nearby, gets up when the fight is over and brings in Hotspur’s body, claiming to have killed him. Worcester and Vernon are captured and sent to execution. Henry makes plans for further attacks on the rebels in the north and west.
Lady Percy blames Northumberland for the death of Hotspur. Mistress Quickly tries to have Falstaff arrested for debts, but he manages to appease her. He then engages in a mixture of banter and insults with the Lord Chief Justice who warns him to beware the law.
The King, very ill, hears the victorious news of the rebel overthrow but, stricken, takes to his bed to sleep. When Hal visits, he thinks his father dead, which causes him to reflect on the burden of kingship and take up the crown. When the King awakes, he accuses his son of wishing him dead, but the Prince resolves his fears and they are reconciled. The King dies soon after. News of his death alarms the court, and especially the Lord Chief Justice, fearful the new king will exact retribution for previous chastisement. But Hal affirms his intention to rule wisely, and reappoints the Chief Justice.
As the coronation procession passes in the street, Falstaff calls to Hal (now King Henry V) expecting to be shown favor, but Hal firmly rejects Falstaff, who is sent to Fleet prison with his companions. Prince John reflects on the likelihood that the next major political event will be a French campaign.
Cast of Characters
|Henry IV||Henry V|
|Jim Butz*||Hal||Henry V|
|Gary Glasgow*||Lord Chief Justice||Canterbury/Nim/Jamie|
|Joneal Joplin*||Northumberland/Ely||Ely/French King|
|Michael James Reed*||Henry IV||Exeter|
|Jerry Vogel*||Pistol/Sir Walter Blunt||Pistol|
|Chauncy Thomas*||Sir Richard Vernon||Orleans/Grey/Williams|
|James Hesse||John of Lancaster||Duke of Bedford|
|Dakota Mackey-McGee||Lady Percy||Princess Katherine|
|Kari Ely*||Hostess Quickly||Hostess Quickly/Queen Isabel|
|Kelley Weber||Lady Northumberland||Alice|
|Robert Ashton||Morton||Governor/Salisbury/Le Fer|
|Leo Ramsey||Thomas of Clarence/Peto||Various Roles|
|Dan Haller||Falstaff’s Page||Boy|
Robert Ashton (Morton) first appearance in the Festival but he has regularly performed with St. Louis Shakespeare Company, including Dukes Senior and Frederick in As You Like It, Pistol in Henry V and Antonio in The Merchant of Venice. Other recent major roles include Roote in The Hothouse, Richard in The Seafarer and Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
Drew Battles* (Warwick) is pleased to be returning to SFSTL after making his St. Louis stage (streets) debut with Old Hearts Fresh. Regional credits include The Seafarer (Sharky) and Opus (Alan) at Southern Repertory Theatre; Macbeth (Macbeth) and King Lear (Egar) at New Orleans Shakespeare Fest at Tulane; August: Osage County (Bill), A Free Man of Color (Pincepousse/Tallyrand), King Lear (Edmund), Design for Living (Earnest), A Doll’s House (Torvald), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Berowne),…
Jim Butz* (Hal) could not be more thrilled to be returning to the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis! He was most recently seen in The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ production of Freud’s Last Session, as C.S. Lewis. Favorite credits include Hamlet Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, A Number The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Lobby Hero The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Measure for Measure The Mustardseed Theatre, The Merchant of Venice The New Jewish Theatre, Biloxi Blues The Geva Theatre,…
Mason Conrad (Francis) feels incredibly excited and blessed to be a part of this festival! Originally from Friendswood, Texas, he is currently a junior at the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis. His past credits there include Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Orpheus in Eurydice, and Frank Harcourt in The Country Wife.
Tony DeBruno* (Falstaff) is a 21-year company member of Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Some of his favorite roles he has played for include Shylock/Antonio (Merchant of Venice), Otto Frank (The Diary of Anne Frank), Leonato/Don John (Much Ado About Nothing), Charley (Death of a Salesman), Pisario (Cymbeline), and Charley (August Osage County), to name a few. DeBruno received his MA from the University of Arizona, and is a member of Actors’ Equity.
Kari Ely* (Hostess Quickly), a St. Louis native, is thrilled to be making her debut with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. She has worked for virtually every professional company in St. Louis. Highlights include: Repertory Theatre: Mrs. John Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility), Nurse/Harriet (Sunday in the Park with George); Stages for 19 seasons: Desiree (A Little Night Music), Mrs. Meers (Thoroughly Modern Millie); New Jewish: Rose (Sirens), Lil (Kindertransport); HotCity Theatre:…
Gary Glasgow* (Lord Chief Justice) is pleased to be returning for his 11th season at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, where favorite productions include Twefth Night (Fabian), Richard III (Hastings), The Tempest (Sebastian), Macbeth (Porter), Romeo and Juliet (Paris) and The Taming of the Shrew (Gremio). Most recently, he appeared in the critically acclaimed production of All Is Calm at Mustard Seed Theatre. Locally, he has also worked at The MUNY (18 seasons), The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis,…
Dan Haller (Falstaff’s Page) is finishing 8th grade at Immaculate Conception School in Columbia, IL where he loves participating in theater, soccer, volleyball, and scholar bowl. ICS competes in the American Scholastic Achievement League Challenge for which Dan is the 2013 Illinois state champion. At age 10 Dan began acting at The Actor’s Attic where he studies improvisational theater and acting with Mary Beth Babcock. He continued with SFSTL summer camp where he…
James Hesse (John of Lancaster) is very excited to be joining the 2014 season of St. Louis Shakespeare! James is a recent graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE where he performed in over 20 main stage productions. His most recent professional credit was at The Broward Stage Door Theater in Coral Springs, FL as David (The Twilight of the Golds). James is also an experienced carpenter having worked at The Goodspeed Opera House during the 2013 season on their productions of Good News!,…
Joneal Joplin* (Northumberland / Ely) is making his sixth appearance with the Festival beginning with its inaugural production of Romeo and Juliet. He has been seen in hundreds of productions in countless cities in the majority of the United States and Canada. Most recently he has appeared in productions of Noises Off, Of Mice and Men, Our Town, 1776, Richard II, and To Kill A Mockingbird. He has received Kevin Klein Awards, Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, Acclaim Awards, Special Recognition Awards,…
Dakota Mackey-McGee (Lady Percy) is thrilled to be joining Shakespeare Festival St. Louis this summer. Professional credits include Comedy of Errors (St Louis Rep), Civil War (Theatreworks USA). Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre: Hodel in Fiddler On The Roof, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Julia in A Murder is Announced, Waitress in Hank Williams Lost Highway. Other favorite credits include: Anne Frank in Yours, Anne, Wendla in Spring Awakening and April in The Pig Iron People. Graduate of Webster Conservatory…
Anderson Matthews* (Worcester) most recently appeared at SFSTL as Malvolio in Twelfth Night, and before that as Polonius in Hamlet. He has appeared in 27 productions at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, most recently in Other Desert Cities. Other productions include Flea in Her Ear, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Blue Orange, Betrayal, A Number, and Copenhagen. Regional credits include Cincinnati Playhouse, Pioneer Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Arena Stage, and Hartford Stage,…
Andrew Michael Neiman (Poins) Shakespeare Festival St. Louis: Richard III (Tyrell/2nd Murderer/Blunt). Chicago: As You Like It (Le Beau/US Touchstone) Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Chrysalis The Gift. St. Louis: Pericles (Pericles) and Henry V (Henry) St. Louis Shakespeare; Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather (Michael) Non-Prophets; The Elephant Man (John Merrick) Stray Dog Theatre; Jest Murder Mysteries. East Coast: Measure for Measure (Duke Vincentio) Connecticut Repertory Theatre;…
Alex Miller* (Bardolph / Douglas) is humbled to have the opportunity to work with such talented artists. As an Associate Professor at Millikin University, Alex teaches all levels of Acting and Stage Combat. In addition to his university duties, he serves as artistic director for Shakespeare Corrected, an alliance between the Decatur Correctional Center and Millikin University, which immerses students and offenders in a 10-month collaborative process resulting in a full length annual production.
Charles Pasternak* (Hotspur) is making his Shakespeare Festival St. Louis debut. Regional: Henry V in Henry V, King Louis XIV/Philippe in Man in the Iron Mask (world premiere), Prince Hal in Henry IV, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Rinaldo in All’s Well That Ends Well (dir. Tim Ocel) among others, with Shakespeare Santa Cruz (4 seasons); Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and King Louis XIII in The Three Musketeers with The Denver Center Theatre Company; Creditors with Ensemble Theatre, Santa Barbara (Indy Award);…
Reginald Pierre (Westmoreland) is thrilled to be taking part in his first Shakespeare Festival production. A St. Louis native, Reginald is an avid film and television fan and a nature photography enthusiast. His recent credits include Macon in Gee’s Bend (Mustard Seed Theatre) and Davis in Red Light Winter (HotCity Theatre). He would like to thank Tim and Bruce for the opportunity to be a part of this grand undertaking and his family for their unwavering support.
Leo Ramsey (Thomas of Clarence / Peto) is so thrilled to be making his main-stage debut at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. He began working with the Festival as a member of the Shakespeare Squadron, was part of the original musical Winning Juliet (Tyson) through Metro-Youth, and the green-show for Twelfth Night (Malvolio). He also appeared in the Youth Chorus at the MUNY in multiple shows including Les Miserables (2013), and many shows with COCA Theatre Company,…
Michael James Reed* (Henry IV) will be making his third appearance with the Festival since moving to St Louis four years ago, having been in Taming of the Shrew and last year’s Twelfth Night. He has appeared numerous times at the Rep, including the recent The Mousetrap, as well as Clybourne Park, A Steady Rain, Macbeth, The Invisible Hand, and The Vibrator Play. Other local credits include The Price and Speed-the-Plow with New Jewish, Upstream Theatre in Blood Wedding, Hot City in Entertaining Mr. Sloane,…
Antonio Rodriguez (Humphrey) could not be more jazzed to be returning to SFSTL as a part of such a thrilling project, having appeared in last year’s Shakespeare in the Streets production of Old Hearts Fresh and in the 2011 education tour. For the past four years he has performed across St. Louis with many companies including New Jewish Theatre, Upstream Theater, Mustard Seed Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Max and Louie Productions, Stray Dog Theatre, and OnSite Theatre…
Chauncy Thomas* (Sir Richard Vernon) is thrilled to return to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, after previously performing in Othello. He received BAs in Drama with an Acting Emphasis and Psychology from Washington University. Recent credits include Topdog/Underdog (St. Louis Actors’ Studio), Jackie and Me (First Stage Children’s Theater in Milwaukee), and The Winter’s Tale (Mustard Seed Theatre). For the past four seasons, he has performed at the St. Louis Black Rep in nine productions,…
Jerry Vogel* (Pistol / Sir Walter Blunt) is a St. Louis-based, professional actor. Some favorite roles for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis include; The Dukes in As You Like It, Clarence in Richard III and Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing. Most recently, Jerry was seen in An Iliad for Upstream Theatre, Shrek: The Musical at the MUNY and Time Stands Still at Insight Theatre. Regional theatre credits include: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Black Rep, New Jewish Theatre, Mustard Seed Theatre,…
Kelley Weber (Lady Northumberland) has been an actress and teacher in St.Louis for the last 18 years. She has worked all over including The St. Louis Rep, The New Jewish Theater, Hot City, and Mustard Seed Theater where she is a resident artist. She is the theater director at Clayton High School and has her MFA in Acting from University of Missouri, Kansas City.
*Denotes member, Actors’ Equity Association
William Shakespeare (Playwright) rose from obscurity to become the most read, adapted and translated writer of all time, but also the subject of great speculation. We know he was baptized at Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26, 1564, and was buried at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford on April 25, 1616. Tradition holds that he was born three days earlier, and that he died on his birthday—April 23—but this is perhaps more romantic myth than fact.
Tim Ocel (Director, HENRY IV) has created regional productions for American Players Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Theatre Emory in Atlanta, Georgia Shakespeare Festival and Sacramento Theatre Company. He also has artistic relationships with Indiana Repertory Theatre and Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY. Ocel is a frequent Guest Artist at Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis.
Scott Neale (Scenic Designer) is thrilled to return to the Shakespeare Glen after designing the set for the past two years for Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew*. Scott received his MFA from Northwestern University and currently resides in St. Louis, Mo. where he runs his design business. St. Louis credits include Jackie and Me, Metro Theater Co.; Clybourne Park†, The Invisible Hand, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Awake and Sing, The New Jewish Theatre**; Conversations with an Executioner,…
Scott is an adjunct professor of hand drafting and AutoCad at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. He is also a credited contributor to the collegiate textbook “Scene Design and Stage Lighting,” 9th and 10th Editions (Parker, Wolf & Block : 9th Edition © Wadsworth 2009) www.scottcnealedesign.com. *Denotes Kevin Kline Award Nomination ** Denotes Kevin Kline Award Recipient †Denotes Louie Award Recipient
Dorothy Marshall Englis (Costume Designer) is pleased to return to the Festival, where she previously designed costumes for Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet and last year’s Twelfth Night. Long associated with The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, she has designed many shows including Macbeth; Amadeus; Kiss Me Kate; The Taming of the Shrew; and Saint Joan. For Illinois Shakespeare Festival, designs include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello,…
John Wylie (Lighting Designer) is the Head of Production Programs at Webster University where he teaches Technical Direction and Lighting. He is a graduate of Augustana College and the University of Missouri at Kansas City. John has designed for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the Missouri Rep, the St. Louis Black Rep, Metro Theatre Company, Variety Children’s Theatre and Geva Theatre in New York, among others. This is his eigth season with SFSTL. In past seasons,…
Gregg Coffin (Composer)
Rusty Wandall (Sound Designer) is excited to be joining Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for his third year. He is currently Head of Sound Design at Webster University and the Resident Sound Designer at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis. Rusty holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Sound Design from UMKC. Recent designs include: Race (Kevin Kline nomination), Circle Mirror Transformation (Kevin Kline nomination), A Steady Rain, The Comedy of Errors,…