Voices Found - King John
It's the story of a self-centered man-child, a demagogue in control of the world as we know it. The action begins in a time of great imbalance in the western world. The French have raised an army to refute the English King Johns claim to the throne, and the Pope has sent a representative to stir up some lucrative conflict. Johns supporters grow anxious about his ability to lead, and all his enemies have to do is wait for his next mistake. John seems to live in his own reality; the fate of the modern world depends on his words and actions, but the most worrying thing of all is how little he seems to care.
The Life and Death of King John is one of Shakespeares lesser-known plays, but in a modern context feels shockingly familiar. While parallels can certainly be drawn from the play to the White House, the creative team has made it a goal to avoid satire or judgement, in favor of finding their characters honesty and reminding us that even our enemies are human beings. In addition to the production, a pop-up gallery on opening night will feature original work from local artists, commenting on themes of the play as well as artistic identity in 2017 America.
Certainly we find ourselves in an ugly point of history, but if Shakespeare has anything to say about ugliness, its that it will, eventually, pass
at the Arcade Theatre in the Underground Collaborative (View)
161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Lower Level
Milwaukee, WI 53203
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|