Shakespeare Theatre of NJ Casts John Ahlin, Derek Wilson, Jon Barker in Henry IV, Part One

News   Shakespeare Theatre of NJ Casts John Ahlin, Derek Wilson, Jon Barker in Henry IV, Part One
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's production of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part One, launching the company's 2012 50th-anniversary season, will feature Derek Wilson as Prince Hal, the man who would be King, and Broadway's John Ahlin as mentor Sir John Falstaff.

Performances play May 30-June 24 at the theatre's mainstage, the F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, in Madison, NJ. Joe Discher directs.

Henry IV, Part One "features Shakespeare's brilliant invention of Falstaff, the colorful character who appears in three of the Bard's plays," according to the New Jersey Equity company. "In Henry IV, Part One, we see him at the height of his rowdy and bawdy powers. Along with the delinquent Prince Hal, the fiery Hotspur, and a host of nobles and ne'er-do-wells, fact and fiction blend seamlessly under Shakespeare’s sure hand."

The cast includes Jon Barker as warrior Henry Percy, also known as Hotspur; Brent Harris as King Henry IV; plus John Little as Earl of Westmoreland; Conan McCarty as Thomas Percy, Earl of Worcester; Doug West as Lord Edmund Mortimer; Jeffrey M. Bender as Poins; Patrick Toon as Bardolph and Izzie Steele as the fiery Lady Percy. Making his Shakespeare Theatre debut is Maxon Davis as Archibald.

Read about John Ahlin's Broadway credits in the Playbill Vault. 

Rounding out the cast are Cliff Miller, Robert Grant, Glenn Beatty, Drew Dix, Jordan LaRoya, Jesse Graham and Cliff Miller. The creative team includes set designer Jonathan Wentz; lighting designer Matthew Adelson; costume designer Paul Canada; sound designer Richard M. Dionne; and fight director Rick Sordelet. Kathy Snyder is the production stage manager.

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