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King John

King John

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 in Mainstage, Uncategorized

NEW YORK, March 27 – “If you like action-packed thrillers,” writes Lynnea Benson, Artistic Director of Frog and Peach Theatre, “you are going to love King John.” She calls the seldom-produced history play “Game of Thrones, Shakespeare style,” being filled with wars over crowns, gold and power; craven courtiers, bickering in-laws, a greedy, power-mad Cardinal; illegitimate relatives and two very ambitious Queen Mothers. She will direct the classic April 24 to May 18, 2014 featuring a cast of Frog and Peach stalwarts including Karen Lynn Gorney (“Saturday Night Fever,” “All My Children”) as the ruthlessly clever Queen Elinor. The Crusades are over and King John is on England’s Throne–but for how long? The despot’s best friend is his mother, the wily, seductive, ruthless Queen Elinor. The brains behind the Crusades, she is well known for her lethal charm, both on and off the field of battle (she is said to have famously battled the Infidels wearing little more than a negligee and a smile). John is her youngest son, and she is determined he stay in power. Her eldest, Richard the Lion-Hearted, has died in the Crusades; another, King Geffrey, died shortly after siring a son, Arthur, who is now a smart teen. Across the sea in France, Arthur’s mother, Constance, is hell bent to put Arthur in John’s place, and has used her considerable powers of seduction and hysteria to persuade King Philip of France and Limoges, Duke of Austria to bring destruction to her dead husband’s family. Who should rightly inherit England’s throne, Brother or Son? Into this sordid war steps a stranger, the handsome Philip Faulconbridge. Though raised by a high born Lord, Philip the Bastard bears an uncanny resemblance to King John’s beloved brother, Richard the Lion Hearted. In one of the play’s most touching and funny scenes, Philip’s mother, Lady Faulconbridge, confesses all her sins and The Bastard becomes England’s great Champion. On to the battle of Angiers, where a modest but extremely clever citizen, Hubert, has to think fast if he wants to save his city from ruin– but at what cost? Can the fat dowry of an arranged marriage between the battle-toughened Blanche and the effete Lewis end the bloodshed? And what about the fearsome Cardinal Pandulph? Furious with King John for plundering Church coffers, this cold-blooded cleric demands a voice in this drunken, bloody face-off–if he gets his way, the bloodshed will never end. With secret orders of gruesome execution, rapidly shifting loyalties, and cries for revenge from both within and without, King John puts audiences on the edge of their seats, roaring with laughter, and breathless at its thrilling scenes of mutilation, battle, and mayhem. The cast will feature Eric Doss as King John, Karen Lynn Gorney as Elinor, Amy Frances Quint as Constance, Hamish Carmichael as Arthur and Luke Edward Smith as the Bastard of Faulconbridge.-The actors also include...

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