KING JOHN

By William Shakespeare

Northwest Classical Theatre

PRODUCTION NOTES

In King John, there is a striking similarity between the 11th Century ruling family of Henry II and the contemporary dynasties of The Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Bush families. King John came from a family with a powerful father, a domineering mother and competitive sons determined to carry on the family power base.  John is a shadow of the man his father was, his claim on the throne is doubtful at best, his relationship with God is troubled and spiteful, and he starts a war in order to keep his throne then makes backhanded deals that his enemy cannot refuse; he lies to everyone and is respected by no one. Sound familiar?

 

Ms. Huffman moved the action forward to the modern era of a media-fueled war. The action is played out on TV while leaders make covert deals behind the scenes, hold press conferences for peace and John plots murder in his bid for ultimate power. Winner of 2012 Drammy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Dana Millican as Constance.

 

 

CAST

 

King John

Michael Fisher-Welsh

 

Eleanor

Vana O’Brien

 

Bastard

Tom Walton

 

Constance

Dana Millican

 

Dauphin

Butch Flowers

 

Blanche

Holly Wigmore

 

Prince Henry

Robert Falconbridge

Nathan Crosby

 

Lady Falconbridge

Susan Nellle

 

Essex

Ithica Tell

 

Chatillion

Matthew Pavik

 

Austria/Pembroke

Matt Dibiasio

 

King Phillip of France/Salisbury

Grant Byington

 

Arthur

Steven Rathje

 

Hubert

Grant Turner

 

Cardinal Pandulph

Anthony Green

PRODUCTION TEAM

 

Director

Elizabeth Huffman

 

Producer

Grant Turner

 

Set Design

Carl Hamilton

 

Sound Design

Sharath Patel

 

Lighting Design

Brian Guererro

 

Video Design

Mario Calcagno

 

Production Stage Manager Kristen Mun


 


 


 


 

PRESS

Review: King John

OregonLive

By: Richard Wattenburg

 

AWARDS

Drammy Award

Outstanding Supporting Actress

Dana Millican