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HENRY IV, PART ONE – By William Shakespeare

Produced by: BW Theatre & Dance

When: October 9-12 at 7:30 p.m. and October 13 at 2 p.m.

Where: Baldwin Wallace University, John Patrick Theater, Kleist Center for Arts and Drama, 95 East Bagley Road, Berea


Tickets: $10 General, $5 Seniors/Non-BW Students;

Call the box office at 440-826-2240 or visit the Kleist Center Box Office.

Box office hours are Monday – Friday Noon to 5 p.m.

BW Kicks Off Performance Season With Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part One

The Bard’s rousing tale of comic conspiracies and heroic deeds reveals how the future king of England’s coming of age will shape the fate of a nation.

BW’s fresh take on this classic tale embraces the university cast and setting. Students were assigned roles that matched their personalities or challenged them in areas where they sought growth. Acclaimed regional actor and BW adjunct professor, Aled Davies takes a lead role as the iconic “Falstaff.

“Every decision we’ve made is based on the educational needs of the students,” Heffernan said. “The result, I believe, will be an evening of energetic and exciting storytelling. This is Shakespeare’s greatest play, and it has been a dream fulfilled to work with this extremely talented ensemble.”

HENRY IV, PART ONE centers around the education of a king and his prince and their struggle to keep a nation at peace. The tavern, the court and the battlefield are their classrooms.

Director Adam Heffernan is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at BW and teaches acting, Shakespeare, and voice. He has worked in film, television, and theatre across the country.

Aled Davies is well known to Cleveland audiences as “Scrooge” in Great Lakes Theatre’s annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. He has performed in more than 100 Regional Theater Productions across the U.S. and is a core artist with Great Lakes Theater and The Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise. He is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

Dusten Welch choreographed six extensive sword fights for the production. Welch is an award winning fight choreographer through the Kennedy Center’s ACTF program. As an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, Welch has staged violence for over 30 theatrical productions in the Cleveland area, including at Great Lakes Theatre, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, Ensemble Theatre, and the Academy for the Performing Arts.

Composer and Music Director Aubrie Powell ‘16 has studied composition for two years with Clinton Needham, BW Conservatory Composer in Residence. Aubrie wrote music and provided music direction for a recent BW presentation of ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL.

HENRY IV is costumed by Melanie Boeman who is the Costume Shop Manager in Kleist Center for Art and Drama. She most recently worked at Great Lakes Theater as Assistant Costume Shop Supervisor as well as at Idaho Shakespeare Festival as First Hand.

Jeff Herrmann, BW Professor of Theatre and resident scenic and lighting designer for the theatre program, is handling the lighting design. His production design work for BW has included Rent, La Bohème, Follies, and Noises Off. 

Posted September 2013

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