Sprawling Henry VI Is Now Two-Hour Experiment, With Five Directors, in NYC

News   Sprawling Henry VI Is Now Two-Hour Experiment, With Five Directors, in NYC Midlantic Theatre Company in Manhattan will reinvent Henry VI — one of Shakespeare's earliest, longest and least-performed historical plays — in an experimental version that uses only 12 of the most dramatically charged scenes from the play.

Usually performed in two sittings, the sprawling work will be seen (beginning May 1) in a two-hour staging billed as Henry VI: An Experiment.

Five different directors will steer the production: Rodney Hakim, Gerald Glackin, David Palmer Brown, Virginia Hammer and Susan McCallum.

Henry VI is a power struggle between the young, newly crowned Henry, the devious Lord Suffolk, and the ambitious Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York. Set prior to The War of the Roses, Henry tries to defend his throne from usurpers (including the Duke of York's sons Edward and Richard III) while whispers of murder and plotting surround him.

The cast of Henry VI: An Experiment includes Virgina Hammer, Karl Hanover, David Palmer Brown, Ben Pologe, Topher Mikels, Thomas Cox, Larry Weeks, Dan Burkarth, Josh Thelin, Suzanne Hayes, Chanelle Benz, Dylan Bluestone and Joe Hamel.

Midlantic Theatre Company aims to "bring a compelling variety of classic and contemporary theatre to its audiences, and is particularly devoted to presenting Shakespeare in a way that is both true to the text and emotionally profound." Henry VI: An Experiment will play at the Walker Space, located at 46 Walker Street between Church and Broadway. Performances are May 1-3 and May 8-10 at 8 PM. Tickets are $15 and available by visiting www.smarttix.com or calling (212)-868-4444.