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The King’s Face by Steven Young
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival and the Shakespeare Project of Chicago
cordially invite you to a staged reading of
The King’s Face
an original play
by veteran Illinois Shakespeare Festival actor
Join us at 7 p.m. August 6 in Kemp Recital Hall on the ISU Campus.
This event is FREE to the public.
No registration required!
There will be a short question and answer period and reception after the performance!
The King’s Face, a one-act, 80-minute play that is loosely based on the true story of Prince Hal, the son of King Henry IV of England. The Prince has been shot in the face with an arrow at the battle of Shrewsbury in 1403 and the resulting wound threatens his life and the future of the realm. After numerous attempts to remove the arrow are unsuccessful, enter one Jonathon Bradmore, a surgeon and counterfeiter who has been released from prison to save the life of the King’s son. His success will save his own life as well as that of the young future monarch.
The reading will be performed by members of the the Shakespeare Project of Chicago under the direction of Peter Garino, Artistic Director. Garino is also an ISU alum and a founding member of the Shakespeare Project. He has acted and directed in numerous productions with the company, including direction of the recent productions As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing. Garino has additional credits with Steppenwolf Theatre, The Body Politic, Pegasus Players, and the Oak Park Festival Theatre. He also acted in three seasons at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and was recently named one of the 40 honored actors of the first 40 years of the Festival.
Steven Young is an actor, playwright, director and educator from Dallas, Texas who is starring as Falstaff in this season’s The Merry Wives of Windsor Normal. He is also an alum of the School of Theatre and Dance at Illinois State University. Young’s other plays include A Proper Man, Under the Overpass, The Night We Bombed Lincoln Towing, The Resurrectionists, The Soothsayer, and The Wal*Mart-ians. His work has been performed in Chicago, Dallas, New York, Kansas City, Montreal, and London.
Looking for More?
The King’s Face is a supplement to the ISF current main-stage production of Henry V. There will be a final performance of Henry V on Friday, August 10 at 8 p.m. at the Ewing Theatre at the Ewing Cultural Center. Contact illinoisshakes.com or call 309-438-2535 for information about tickets to Henry V.