Staged Reading - HENRY IV
By Luigi Pirandello
Translated by Tom Stoppard
A Staged Reading
Directed by Anna Anderson
Tuesday - February 14, 2012 at 8 p.m.
ONE NIGHT ONLY - $5 - $10 sliding scale (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
A noted actor and historian falls off his horse whilst portraying the long-deceased Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV, and wakes up believing himself to be the same.
For twenty years his nephew Count de Nolli has been kept him ensconced in a Roman Villa, surrounded by actors playing the role of the Emperor's court. Finally the Count and others try to "cure" Henry one more time - only to be met by the pronouncement by Henry that he is not mad - he just prefers things the way they are - or were - as it were. Madness, tragedy, comedy, and absurdity collide in the classic Pirandello ("Six Characters in Search of an Author") play adapted masterfully by Stoppard ("Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead", "Shakespeare in Love", and our current main stage production "Arcadia").
Offered ONE NIGHT ONLY, Tuesday, Feb. 14th, 8 p.m., at Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave (at Berryman) in north Berkeley. $5-$10 sliding scale (no one will be turned away for lack of funds) - cash or check only. Box Office/Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Wheelchair accessible - use the north side entrance. Free curbside parking on Shattuck, Berryman, and Walnut (east side of Live Oak Park). Lots of dining opportunities in the nearby North Shattuck and Solano Avenue Business districts.