By John Heimbuch
Directed by Evan Kelly
London, 1599. Shakespeare’s Henry V opens the Globe Playhouse, but while the actors strut and fret, an excess of bile plagues the populace outside. After the opening of his newest play, William Shakespeare must once again defend his work – fending off the embittered clown Will Kemp while trying to appease Francis Bacon, a wealthy lawyer who has come with an idea to pitch. But when the company’s costumer is bitten by a plague-ridden madman, and the Queen and her men arrive seeking safety, life in the playhouse takes a turn for the worse. As the affliction spreads through London, the Globe is placed in quarantine and the survivors within must fight for their lives. Can they escape? Is there a cure? Is artistic integrity ever worth dying for?
The best-attended show of the 2008 Minnesota Fringe Festival arrives at Renegade with a bloody bang. Take equal parts farce, studied historical piece and comedic homage to George Romero, and blend with Renegade’s proven track record for pushing the theatrical envelope (to say nothing of our excellent blood recipe). The resulting mix is an entertaining feast for your eyes, ears and ... braaaaain.
“Brilliant and hilarious ... MUST SEE!” – St. Paul Pioneer Press
“An Elizabethan production of bloody proportions, taking zombies into new and exciting terrain.” – Fangoria Magazine
March 21-23, 28-30 & April 4-6
All shows at 8pm