The company will follow all local, federal, and union guidelines and will take all appropriate precautions to determine safe protocols for the season. The productions will only proceed in person if it is safe and responsible to do so. The performance schedule will be announced at a later date.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Ryan Quinn
O, wonder! / How many goodly creatures are there here! / How beauteous mankind is!
O brave new world, That has such people in’t!
Prospero has been exiled from his Dukedom in Milan for 12 years, but as the time has come for a final reckoning, he weaves a spell to draw his enemies to his enchanted island. Believed by many to be Shakespeare’s final play, the exuberant and poignant romance is a fitting grand finale to HVSF’s 34-year tenure at Boscobel. The transcendent story brings new meaning to the phrase “social distancing” and thrums with the deep human need for connection and community. Longtime HVSF Company Member Ryan Quinn returns to direct.
THE MOST SPECTACULARLY LAMENTABLE TRIAL OF MIZ MARTHA WASHINGTON
By James Ijames
Directed by Taylor Reynolds
Should we be governed by our heads or our hearts? Reason is prevailing. In our time, we must ask ourselves, what is the balance between what we feel and what we know.
In his will, George Washington included an order to free his enslaved people upon his wife’s death. Christmas Eve, 1800: George Washington is dead, Martha is battling a wicked fever, and those who have been held in bondage at Mount Vernon wait for the end to come, and the promised hour of liberation. As the night goes on, Martha moves through a fever dream of dizzying theatricality, exploring the hideous and enduring ramifications of America’s original sin. Taylor Reynolds (Plano) directs.
HVSF Educational Audio Production
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Raz Golden
Where shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain?
When the hurlyburly’s done, when the battle’s lost and won
Inspired by his work on the creative team for The Public Theater’s podcast adaptation of Richard II, director Raz Golden will adapt this production of Macbeth as an audio drama for young audiences. The classic story charts the extremes of ambition and guilt, and the disruption of the natural order. With our world in a state of upheaval, this reexamination of Shakespeare’s play will speak directly to the cultural moment and illuminate a harrowing psychological descent into darkness.