It’s February. Valentine’s Day. Presidential primaries and presidents’ birthdays. So we think it’s the perfect time to announce our next show – the story of a woman vying for political leadership and how power is used by and against her. Love won and lost comes into it too.
Those Women Productions is teaming up with English playwright Lauren Jansen-Parkes to mount an audacious Shakespearean mash-up. In his trilogy about the Wars of the Roses, Shakespeare focused on the battle between King Henry VI – an ineffectual, timorous leader – and his implacable enemy the Duke of York. But Queen Margaret, Henry’s French bride, has a story of her own.
Far more than her husband the king, Margaret understood the privileges and responsibilities of a monarch. She quickly shed the role of naive princess and dove headfirst into English politics, determined to stake her own claim and protect the rights of her young son. Margaret of Anjou is her play, based in and informed by Shakespeare’s histories but telling a new story – and grappling with hard truths of gender and power, as you would expect from Those Women Productions.
Margaret of Anjou plays August 24 – September 11, 2016 at the Live Oak Theatre in Berkeley. Those Women Productions practices Radical Hospitality: everyone is welcome at all of our shows regardless of ability to pay, so mark your calendars now for this exciting world premiere drama and stay tuned for more information.