Yes, Melissa Dunphy has yet another heady cultural experience for you to enjoy. And if you like her a little bit, or even if you don't, it's time to pack yourself a picnic and head up to Reservoir Park for some FREE Shakespeare in the Park. Yes, FREE! Cheaper even than this e-mail!
Last year in the park, it was A Midsummer Night's Dream, and this year, it's Henry V, a lovely play about a medieval war between the French and the English. Fighting! Political intrigue! Swords! Shields! Maces! Axes! (Unfortunately, I only get a boring quarterstaff, but you can't have everything.) And if you read between the lines, there's even a message or two about the nature of war and leadership. Oh, Shakespeare, you bleeding-heart liberal, you.
(If you don't happen to care for bleeding-heart liberal ideas, please note that rather a lot of French people are slaughtered with patriotic fervor during the play.)
For those of you scratching your heads, Henry V contains a bunch of famous speeches, including, but not limited to:
"O, for a muse of fire ..."
"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more ..."
"This day is called the feast of Crispian ... we few, we happy few, we band of brothers ..."
So you won't be lost in unfamiliarity. Also, yours truly will be on stage for just about the entire show, bouncing in and out of costumes for Montjoy (a French Herald), Jamy (a Scottish captain), and Cambridge (an English traitor).
Here's the scoop:
Thursdays through Sundays
(Note: no show on the 19th)
Levitt Pavilion, Reservoir Park, Harrisburg
More info at www.gamutplays.org or (717) 238-4111
I'll see you there, or I won't talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper.