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Summer Shakespeare to present "Henry V" Aug. 9 to 28

Author: Arts and Letters


Summer Shakespeare at the University of Notre Dame will present “Henry V” from Aug. 9 to 28 in the University’s new Marie P. DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts.

After five seasons at Notre Dame’s Washington Hall, this year’s production will be the first full-length Shakespearean performance in the DeBartolo Center’s Decio Theater, which will be the new home for Summer Shakespeare. The sixth annual Summer Shakespeare production also will feature for the fourth consecutive year “ShakeScenes,” an event for young local actors.

A complete schedule of performances, as well as ticket and pricing information, are available on the Web at or by calling the DeBartolo Center box office at 574-631-2800.

Shakespeare’s classic saga of kinghood and war, “Henry V” follows the conquests of a charismatic young king as he rallies his troops and country into political conflicts, famous battles and stunning victories.

Chicago-based director William Brown directs the production, which features some of the nation’s finest professional Shakespearean actors. Matt Schwader, who portrayed Romeo in last summer’s production of “Romeo and Juliet,” will play the title role.

Performances of “Henry V” culminate a summer collegiate theater and production experience that provides students with intensive professional training in Shakespearean theater. Through an innovative Notre Dame course titled “Shakespeare-in-Performance,” students learn from a teaching team composed of Shakespeare scholars and theater professionals to examine literary and theatrical perspectives on each play being produced.

Students work on the production alongside theater professionals as assistants to directors, designers and technicians, and on stage in supporting roles.

“ShakeScenes” participants will employ the techniques of a Shakespearean “Green Show” to perform scenes from a variety of Shakespeare’s plays at 2p.m. August 6 and 7 (Saturday and Sunday). The performances, which are free and open to the public, will be held on the Fieldhouse Mall, located between the LaFortune Student Center and the Clarke Memorial Fountain on campus.

Contact: _Paul Rathburn, producer/artistic director, Summer Shakespeare, 574-631-5069, _

Originally published by Julie Flory at on July 15, 2005.