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“The story continues...”

By William Shakespeare

JULY 24 - AUGUST 4 | SCHUBERT THEATRE

Following last season’s King Richard II in the next chapter of Shakespeare’s epic cycle, the irrepressible Falstaff, the prodigal Prince Hal, and the rebellious Hotspur navigate the shifting sands of allegiance in King Henry IV’s England. Honor is at stake as commoners and kings, folly and duty collide in Shakespeare’s richly layered coming-of-age tale. Prince Hal is called upon to emerge from the raucous hilarity of Falstaff and his antics at the Boar’s Head Tavern to the valor of the battlefield, to earn his place as the next great ruler of this “sceptered isle.”

"Extreme Shakespeare." This production will be rehearsed akin to the way Shakespeare’s company would have: actors arrive with their lines learned, rehearse on their own, wear what they can find, and open in a matter of days. No director, no designers. Just great actors, a brilliant play, pure adrenaline, spontaneity, and creativity. Ages 10+

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Extras

  • Opening Night, Friday, July 26: Join the PSF actors and staff for a friendly post-show champagne toast.
  • Savoring Shakespeare - specialty dinner themed to the play with behind-the-scenes insights: Sunday, July 28, 5:00pm.
  • Meet the actors for an informal talk-back after the show Thursday, August 1.
  • Prologues: Join us for insights into the play in an informal setting. Free. Held in the theatre 45 minutes prior to curtain.

Features

Living with the Consequences of Deposing a Poet-King, and the Mis-Education of England’s Next Hero-King

In 1863, with the American Civil War still raging, President Abraham Lincoln went to see a production of Henry IV, Part 1. Lincoln, who studied and enjoyed Shakespeare’s plays, was dismayed that one of his favorite scenes had been cut by American actor James Hackett. Lincoln then invited Hackett to the White House for dinner, questioning why this scene between Falstaff and Prince Hal, where they perform a play-within-a-play taking turns at playing the King of England, was cut from his production when Lincoln felt it was a key emotional moment.

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Reviews

Broad Street Review

“All hail the Henriad.”

“Broadway veteran John Ahlin…inhabits the character inside and out—in line delivery, facial expression, stage movement, everything. Best of all, he connects with his troupe; thus, this extempore, actor-driven show has a de facto director.”

“John Keabler makes you feel for King Henry: weak, dying, and grieving over his wastrel son.”

“Anthony Lawton captures the villainous Worcester perfectly.”

“PSF veteran Christopher Patrick Mullen shines as Douglas, the warrior Scot with telltale chinks in his bravery.”

“Jane Ridley as Mistress Quickly and Brad DePlanche as Bardolph are funny…feeding off Falstaff’s comic energy.”

“Tkel has good insight into Hotspur.”

“Praise to PSF for staging the ‘Henriad’ plays.”

The Morning Call

“As the prodigal Prince Hal and the rebellious Hotspur, respectively, Mairin Lee and Kathryn Tkel so immerse themselves in their roles that their gender becomes irrelevant.”

“Tkel is terrific as the hotheaded Harry Percy, known as Hotspur. She imbues the role with fiery passion and valiant bravery.”

“As the wicked Falstaff, John Ahlin is a wonderful comedian.”

“Although Falstaff is self-serving and corrupt, Ahlin imbues him with a certain charisma that keeps drawing Hal to him.”

Lehigh Valley Press

“Words, which in PSF’s “Henry IV, Part 1” ring forth even more abundantly clearly on a nearly bare stage with actors in costumes evoking what might have been worn in 1402 and 1403 when the play’s story takes place.”

“It’s one of the most satisfying productions of Shakespeare ever at PSF.”

“It’s essential for the Shakespeare aficionado and student of The Bard.”

“It’s simply great.”

“Ironically, even though it’s not a fully-realized production in terms of theater nomenclature, the PSF production is fully-realized in that the actors take ownership of the production and their roles.”

“The performances crackle.”

“Mairin Lee plays the role of Hal handsomely. She sublimates her femininity to serve the text. In a vibrant and electric performance, Lee transitions from playboy Hal to soldier Hal, reflected in her reflection held with steady gaze as the lights fade on act one.”

“Kathryn Tkel is a jittery presence, as bespeaks the very name of the role she plays, that of Hotspur. She’s emotional and reactive: a soldier of misfortune.”

“Ahlin conveys perfectly the character’s gargantuan charm. Falstaff may be a clown, but he’s not clowning around in the memorable “Honor” speech, which resonates with truth. The speech is trenchant.”

“Ahlin’s performance is captivating.”

“The words linger on well after the play is gone.”

“The play may be the thing, but in PSF’s Henry IV, Part 1 the actors are more than mere players. Kudos to all in this riveting production.”

“Don’t miss it.”

Artists

Cast

JOHN AHLIN

JOHN AHLIN*

Falstaff

Broadway: Waiting for Godot, Journey’s End (Tony Award Best Revival), The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Voices in the Dark, One Mo’ Time, Whoopee!, and Macbeth. Off-Broadway: Orson’s Shadow, A Man for All Seasons, and ChipandGus. Regional: DC Shakespeare, Guthrie, Kennedy Center, La Jolla, Denver Center, St. Louis Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Old Globe, Goodman, and Goodspeed. TV/Film: Law and Order, Late Night with David Letterman, Inside Llewyn Davis (Coen Brothers). Playwright: Gray Area, ChipandGus, Nem, and My Witch: The Margaret Hamilton Stories. www.JohnAhlin.com

BRAD DEPLANCHE*

BRAD DEPLANCHE*

Northumberland, Bardolph

Favorite roles at PSF include Pseudolus in Forum, Passepartout in 80 Days, and Pompey in Measure for Measure. For the last two years Brad has been playing the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin aboard their cruise line. Other Regional: American Conservatory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Syracuse Stage, and South Coast Repertory. A proud advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. He holds an MFA from ACT in San Francisco.

KAILEY EDWARDS

KAILEY EDWARDS

Ensemble

 is thrilled to be a part of her second season here at PSF following last summer’s Shakespeare for Kids (Self); DeSales University Act 1 credits: Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth Benning) and Peter and the Starcatcher (Smee). Other credits: My Fair Lady (Eliza Dolittle). Special thanks to her family and friends for the continuous support! 1 Cor. 10:31

MEGAN FRY

MEGAN FRY

Ensemble

is returning for a second year with the Festival, having performed as an ensemble member and as Mother in Ragtime last summer. Megan is a rising senior musical theatre major at DeSales University and recently performed in their production of Pippin as an ensemble member. The Shawnee Playhouse credits: The Addams Family (Morticia), Oklahoma! (Gertie Cummings), and I Do! I Do! (Agnes). Megan would like to thank her family and friends for their endless support. 

JOHN KEABLER

JOHN KEABLER*

King Henry

is a bluegrass junky from Kentucky with a propensity for producing poetry. This is his 2nd season with PSF. He was last seen a few seasons ago in The Three Musketeers and As You Like It. John tricked these places into hiring him: The Shakespeare Theatre of DC, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Perserverance Theatre, The Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Portland Stage, Virginia Stage, Florida Studio Theatre and a few others who asked him not to mention them. Keep up with his shenanigans at www.JohnKeabler.com

ANGELA LAROSE

ANGELA LAROSE

Lady Percy

is thrilled to be returning to PSF for her third summer. Angela is a rising senior musical theatre major at DeSales University. Some of her previous credits include PSF’s productions of Ragtime (Ensemble/ Evelyn Nesbit u/s, performed) and Evita (Ensemble). Other credits include Pippin (Fastrada), Dames At Sea (Ruby), Young Frankenstein (Ensemble/Inga u/s), and Into the Woods (Cinderella u/s). She would like to thank her family and friends for their unconditional love and support.

ANTHONY LAWTON*

ANTHONY LAWTON*

Worcester

has acted in Philadelphia for twenty-seven years. Favorite roles include George in Of Mice and Men (Walnut Street); Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet (Arden); and Feste in Twelfth Night (PSF). In 2015, Lawton wrote The Light Princess, which garnered eight Barrymore nominations, winning two. Film: Silver Linings Playbook, Unbreakable, and Invincible; TV: Hack and Cold Case. He performs solo productions of The Devil and Billy Markham, The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters. For more information on these shows, go to: www.anthonylawtonactor.com

MAIRIN LEE*

MAIRIN LEE*

Prince Hal

has appeared at PSF in Shakespeare in Love, Richard II, Troilus and Cressida, Pride and Prejudice, and Hamlet. She made her Broadway debut in The Heiress, and has appeared Off-Broadway at Cherry Lane, Ars Nova, Wheelhouse Theater, and The Actors Company Theatre, among others. She has performed regionally with McCarter, Two River, American Conservatory Theater, Premiere Stages, and many more. Her TV credits include Madam Secretary, Elementary, and The Good Wife, and she has appeared in the films Marcy, Zero Issue, and Ascension. She holds an MFA from A.C.T. Many thanks to Patrick and the PSF community for their incredible trust and artistry.

Iykechi McCoy

IYKECHI MCCOY

Gadshill

is a rising senior musical theatre major at DeSales University. What brings him the most joy is acting. He wishes to show the world the unlimited potential for empowerment that the conveyance of art brings and that there are no limitations for anyone in this beautiful experience of life.

J. DANE MCMICHAEL

J. DANE MCMICHAEL

Poins, Vernon

is thrilled to return to PSF for his sixth season. Regional credits include Romeo & Juliet and Our Town (Alabama Shakespeare Fest), Over the Tavern (Montgomery Theater) and many PSF productions, including Richard II, As You Like It, West Side Story, Henry V and The Three Musketeers. Dane thanks his loony family both of blood and bond, P.D., J.B., W.T., R.W., P.M., F.L. and the Peakes. DeSales University Class of ’17.

Gabe Moses

GABE MOSES

Ensemble

is a rising junior theatre major at DeSales University and is excited to be a part of his second season at PSF. Last year, he performed in Ragtime as Matthew Henson and the Harlem Ensemble. DeSales University Act 1 credits: Pippin, The Cherry Orchard, Picnic, and Into the Woods.

MACKENZIE MOYER

MACKENZIE MOYER

Lancaster, Ensemble

is thrilled to be making her PSF debut as a member of the Young Company. DeSales University Act 1 credits: Pippin, The Devil’s Disciple, Godspell, and The Crucible. Love to the fam, friends, and Bryan. mackenzie-moyer.com

CHRISTOPHER PATRICK MULLEN*

CHRISTOPHER PATRICK MULLEN*

Douglas

is a DeSales University graduate. CPMʼs work with PSF since 1992 includes: Shakespeare In Love, Richard II, Loveʼs Labours Lost, Julius Caesar, Pericles, Charleyʼs Aunt, Hamlet, The Glass Menagerie, Twelfth Night, Dracula..., and 20 other productions; West Side Story (1st National Tour); The Runner Stumbles (Off-Broadway); Cabaret, Metamorphoses, Macbeth, A Little Night Music, Candide, and Assassins (Arden Theatre). He is amember of Retro Productions (NYC) and a People’s Light veteran of over 30productions since 1989. Co-writer of ChipandGus. TV: Law & Order. Love to Kathleen Mullen for introducing me to WUTHERING HEIGHTS and REBECCA.

BRANDON J. PIERCE*

BRANDON J. PIERCE*

Blunt, Sheriff

Off-Broadway: Exit Strategy (Primary Stages). Regional: Skeleton Crew (Portland Stage), Sweat (People’s Light), Welcome to Fear City (KC Rep); PSF: Shakespeare in Love, Richard II, Troilus and Cressida, and The Taming of the Shrew; A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Metamorphoses (Arden Theatre Company); The City of Conversation (Delaware Theater Company); Dutch Masters (Azuka Theatre); Comedy of Errors and Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare LIVE! - The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). Education: BFA, University of the Arts.

JANE RIDLEY*

JANE RIDLEY*

Mistress Quickly, Westmoreland

is delighted to be back at the Shakespeare Festival for the Extreme Shakespeare experience! Last seen on the Main Stageas Mistress Quickly and Lady Alice in Henry V, Jane’srecent regional experience includes: Private Lives (Shakespeare Theatre, DC); Importance of Being Earnest (Old Globe, San Diego); Sherlock’s Last Case (Huntington, Boston); and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia). It is always a joy to return to her theater family in Happy Valley.

KATHRYN TKEL*

KATHRYN TKEL*

Hotspur

is thrilled to be working at PSF for the first time. Regional credits: Ford’s Theatre, Folger Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Round House, Olney Theatre Center, Rep Stage, Mosaic Theatre Company, Everyman Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Perseverance Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, San Jose Rep, San Francisco Playhouse, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Willows Theatre Company, California Conservatory Theatre, among others. She received her MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy for Classical Acting.

MARK YOWAKIM

MARK YOWAKIM

Peto

a musical theater major going into his junior year at DeSales University, is excited to be returning to PSF for his second year in the Young Company. Previous PSF credits include an ensemble member in Ragtime, an onstage musician in Shakespeare in Love, York’s Servant in Richard II and Tweedle-Dum and the Knave in Alice in Wonderland.

Artistic Team

Partrick Mulcahy

PATRICK MULCAHY

Producing Artistic Director

Since assuming leadership in 2003, Mulcahy has led PSF’s surge in artistic excellence, financial stability, and national recognition. Accomplishments include first-ever grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, attracting a multitude of award-winning artists including winners and nominees of the Tony, Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Barrymore, and Emmy awards, a 75% increase in annual attendance, a successful campaign to double the Festival’s endowment, and the expansion of the number of Actors’ Equity contracts per season. He led the strategic planning process that led to PSF’s Vision 2030, a commitment to world-class professional theatre, and coverage in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Washington Post. As a professional director, actor, and fight director, credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, television and radio. Mr. Mulcahy has acted with many industry luminaries including Don Cheadle, Angela Bassett, Cynthia Nixon, and Tony Shaloub at the New York Shakespeare Festival, The Roundabout Theatre, Hartford Stage, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, and the Walnut Street Theatre. He served as fight director for A Few Good Men on Broadway, and multiple Off-Broadway productions starring Marcia Gay Harden, John Mahoney, Patrick Dempsey, and John Savage. He directed Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga in The Real Thing, and, for PSF, directed The Winter’s Tale, Henry IV, Part 1, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Shakespeare in Love. Also Head of Acting at DeSales, Patrick holds a BFA in Acting and MFA in Directing from Syracuse University.

Dennis Razze

DENNIS RAZZE

Associate Artistic Director

Mr. Razze directed last summer’s critically acclaimed production of Ragtime. In 2017 he directed PSF’s sold-out production of Evita starring Broadway luminaries Dee Roscioli and Tony Award-winning actor Paulo Szot. He also directed PSF’s critically acclaimed production of West Side Story in 2016 and the Festival’s memorable Les Misérables in 2015. Including these three blockbuster musicals, Mr. Razze has directed many of PSF’s highest attended productions—The Taming of the Shrew (1998), Fiddler on the Roof, Twelfth Night (2000), My Fair Lady, South Pacific, 1776, and Man of La Mancha. In 2017 he was awarded the Allentown Arts Ovation Award for Performing Arts. This year he celebrated his 35th year as a faculty member of the DeSales Theatre Department. He has directed more than 60 productions for DeSales’ Act 1 including this year’s smash success, Pippin. Mr. Razze is also a composer who has created musical scores for The Devil’s Disciple, Antigone, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet,The Merry Wives of Windsor, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

CASEY GALLAGHER

CASEY WILLIAM GALLAGHER

Managing Director

has worked at PSF for 21 seasons. Over the years he was the assistant house manager, box office manager, company manager, assistant producer, and director of development. Since 2004, in his role as general manager and later managing director, he has served as the administrative leader of the Festival working very closely with the box office, business, development, marketing and production departments. During this time, PSF subscriptions have more than doubled, income from the annual Luminosity Gala fundraiser has more than quadrupled, and the summer seasonal staff has grown to over 200. Casey has also been treasurer for the Shakespeare Theatre Association, director of audience services for The People’s Light & Theatre Company, a board member for Civic Theatre of Allentown, a peer panelist for the New Jersey Council on the Arts and a judge for the Greater Philadelphia Barrymore Awards for excellence in theatre. Casey is a member of the PSF Board of Directors and also serves on the board of Arts Academy Elementary Charter School. Casey thanks everyone who works to make PSF happen each year.

MAGGIE DAVIS

MAGGIE DAVIS*

Production Stage Manager

is back at PSF for a fourth season. Stage and production management credits include: King Lear, Awake & Sing!, Oliver!, Julius Caesar, and The Wild Duck (Quintessence Theatre Group); Yours, Anne, among other productions (Half Moon Theatre); Seven seasons with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; Christmas Rappings (Judson Memorial Church); Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Florida/Texas Tour); Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, Tribes, and Hit the Wall (Barrow Street Theatre); Measure for Measure (Fiasco/New Victory Theater). For Jared and the Goldstein Family. Peace.

MICHAEL DEPP-HUTCHINSON

MICHAEL DEPP-HUTCHINSON*

Assistant Stage Manager

is thrilled to be joining PSF for his first season. Most recently he has worked with Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia; and Pilobolus Dance Theatre, International/Domestic Touring.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Stage Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

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