SCLA’s Veterans in Art and Will Power to Youth present Henry IV, Part One

SCLA Henry IV Pt 1For those of you who have asked if The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles is producing a play this summer, their festival partner, the West LA VA, has refocused its funds to serve one of their worthiest missions – ending veteran homelessness – so there won’t be a production in the Japanese Garden this year. SCLA will announce a new partnership this winter that continues their work between veterans, youth, and the community.

What are they currently working on? You can see for yourself August 13 – 15 when Veterans in Art and Will Power to Youth present Henry IV, Part One at SCLA’s downtown studio. Tickets are pay-what-you-can and reservations are recommended by calling (213) 481-2273 x15 or emailing

What decisions do you have to make as you grow up? What code of honor guides your way? Los Angeles teens and military vets have been asking these questions of Shakespeare’s play and each other. Performed by students, informed by veterans. For the benefit of all.

Thursday, August 13, 10:00 am
Friday, August 14, 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 15, 7:30 pm
The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles
1238 W. First Street, Los Angeles CA 90026

Review: Henry IV, Part One by the Rogues of Antaeus

Henry IV Part1 - Antaeus

Gregory Itzin and Ramón de Ocampo. Photo by Karianne Flaathen

A striking image hovers above the action in Henry IV, Part One at The Antaeus Company. It is a partial rendering of the planets orbiting the sun, which serves as an ever-present reminder that this is the journey of a king-in-the-making. As Prince Hal, also known as Harry, slowly transitions from party boy to royal warrior, its glow becomes more and more noticeable until it finally overtakes the stage. It is simple, but incredibly effective, and shows how powerful the relationship between designers’ work – in this case François-Pierre Couture (scenic) and Michael Gend (lighting) – and the play itself can be. Visuals like these reap great rewards in an intimate theater.

Henry IV, Part One is the second in a series of four works that are among Shakespeare’s History plays (Richard II, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V). Collectively, they follow the line of succession from the deposition of Richard II and King Henry’s ascent to the throne, through the rise to power of Henry’s son, Prince Harry, who will become Henry V.  More

Antaeus Opens 2015 Season with HENRY IV, PART I

Henry IV AntaeusAntaeus will open its 2015 season with a fully partner-cast production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I, March 6 – May 3, with two opening nights set for March 12 & March 13 (one with each cast). Part comedy, part tragedy, part growing-up tale of youthful rebellion, Henry IV, Part I remains one of Shakespeare’s most exciting histories. From drunken revelry to the bloody battlefield, Antaeus’ lean and muscular version, streamlined for a cast of 12 directed by Michael Murray, dives deep into the heart of the timeless question, “What does it mean to become a man?”

“This is the great epic poem of England,” says Murray, who has previously directed numerous ClassicsFest readings for Antaeus. “It includes the entire spectrum of British society, from the highest to the lowest levels. But what particularly interests me are the personal relationships — the human stories that are at the forefront when you work directly from the text, rather than from popular notions about the play that have developed over the centuries.”  More

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