Young American Shakespeare Festival 2016
Parts 1, 2, & 3
Walden Theatre/Blue Apple Players is proud to present in repertory the three hugely popular plays that cemented Shakespeare’s reputation as the preeminent playwright of his day.
The trio of Henry VI plays chronicles The Wars of the Roses—a bloody period of deception, military threats from without & within, and profound uncertainty for the English throne. King Henry ascended the throne at a young age, and his pious, withdrawing manner combined with the losses suffered in France to Joan of Arc precipitated a desperate contest for power between the rival houses of York and Lancaster.
These plays are the original Game of Thrones, and author George R. R. Martin has acknowledged the debt his medieval HBO epic owes to the people, motivations, and brutality of these English conflicts.
The Young American Shakespeare Festival is the oldest and largest such festival by and for young people in the nation, and it concludes the company’s 40th anniversary season. In 2017, the company will complete the Shakespeare canon, becoming one of the very few theatres in the country that can claim this accomplishment.
On the final day of the Festival, audiences can see all three plays—in order—for just a $15 ticket. Plays begin at 12:30, 4:00, and 8:00pm, and we’ll have entertainment and activities between the shows.
Henry VI, Part 1
May 12 @ 7:30
May 14 @ 7:30
May 17 @ 7:30
May 21 @ 7:30
May 22 @ 12:30
The young Henry comes of age as his territories in France are swept up in rebellion, and at home rival houses divide the English court’s allegiances.
Henry VI, Part 2
May 13 @ 7:30
May 15 @ 2:00
May 18 @ 7:30
May 21 @ 2:00
May 22 @ 4:00
The thoughtful but unassertive king weds the duplicitous Margaret even as discord and plots among the power-hungry nobility destabilize his reign.
Henry VI, Part 3
May 14 @ 2:00
May 15 @ 7:30
May 19 @ 7:30
May 20 @ 7:30
May 22 @ 8:00
The bloody consequences of civil war are visited on England as rival claimants contend for power, exact revenge, and pursue the throne at any cost.
Matinees (Saturdays and Sundays):
Nancy Niles Sexton Stage at Walden Theatre/Blue Apple Players
1123 Payne Street, Louisville, KY 40204