By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jon Ciccarelli
"I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game's afoot!
Follow your spirit and upon this charge.
Cry for Harry, England and St. George!"
July 14-26, 2003
“Once more unto the breech, Dear Friends” The final installment of Shakespeare’s major history cycle, Henry V which followed Shakespeare’s greatest ruler from his tentative first steps on the throne to victory over his rivals in France as he struggles with his own personal uncertainties was our offering for July. As he struggled between his two worlds of the royal court and the common man, Harry showed us the hardship, pain, and suffering of war, but it also shows us how courageous one must be to fight at all: "We are but warriors for the working day"... But by the mass, our hearts are in the trim...." "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers". Fight choreography provided by Michael McGuire. To see an accompanying press coverage click here and here
Above left, the Chorus (Devin Moriarity) begs the heavens with the famous line "O, for a muse of fire" to begin the play. Above right, the lords of Exeter (L. Robert Johnson, left) and Westmoreland (Jon Ciccarelli) discuss a conspiracy afoot to kill King Henry.
Departing for war: Above left Pistol (Jef Cozza, center) rouses his old comrades Bardolph (Jared Reinmuth) and Nym (Rich Warren) after the death of Falstaff. Above right, the vile Pistol shares a brief tender moment with his new wife the Hostess of the Tavern (Francine Tychuaco). All above shots taken at Van Vorst Park, NJ
Above, "Once more unto the breech". Harry readies his troops for their first test in France, picture from Sinatra Park, Hoboken. Below, before the gates of Harfleur, as King Harry threatens a final siege. Picture taken a Long Pond Iron Works, West Milford.
The army charges on to siege the town of Harfleur and the aftermath of the battle, Captain Fluellen (Saluda Camp) looks on as criminals are dealt with in the ranks. Above shots taken at Van Vorst Park, Jersey City.
Above, an interesting English lesson between Princess Katherine (Devin Moriarity) and her lady-in-waiting Alice (Jenny Selig). Below, a comic subplot is resolved between the King (John Short) and one of his soldiers (Jared Reinmuth, kneeling). Above and below pictures taken at Stratford Library, Stratford, CT.
After the war at the French Court, the final peace negotiations with the King and Queen of France.
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