The Kings Country Shakespeare Company has entered into its eleventh year of bringing the Bard to its namesake home -- better known as Brooklyn.
Aug. 12-30, it will present in repertory productions of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost and Pericles and Farquhar's The Beaux Stratagem. All performances will take place at the Picnic House in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, where the company relocated last year due to the renovation of the park's bandshell.
KCSC Co-Artistic Director Liz Shipman will direct Love's Labour's Lost, setting the romantic comedy in the early 20th century when Victorian morals and mores are breaking down. Ray Virta will play Berowne and Deborah Wright Houston is the Princess. In a bit of gender bending casting, Vicki Hirsch will play Holofernes, the pedant.
Jonathan Banks will pilot Pericles, a show with which he is familiar, having staged it twice before: for KCSC in 1989; and, in 1997, at the Mint Theatre, where he is artistic director. In Banks' conception, three actors play all the citizens of the various lands Pericles visits in his travels. The title role will be played by Allyn Burrows, while Devon Sorvari will play Marina, Pericles' daughter.
The company leaps a century ahead for the 1707 Restoration comedy, The Beaux Stratagem. Mary Ethel Schmidt, a resident director at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, will direct the tale of lust and fortune-hunting. John Pollard will design the sets and Charles Cameron is lighting designer for all three shows.
The Picnic House is located at Fifth Street and Prospect Park West. Reservations for the shows are not taken. For information, call (718) 391-8773.
--By Robert Simonson