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June 6th 2009 Special Event
Time 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Campus UM
Title Renaissance Center Theater Company Broadcasts of The Henriad
Phone Contact (413) 577-3600
Bloody betrayals! Bawdy banter! And don't forget the booze! This is not your typical history lesson!

The Renaissance Center Theater Company and WMUA are proud to present The Henriad, William Shakespeare's epic series of plays, broadcast on radio for the first time. A thrilling depiction of the rise and fall of kings and kingdoms, The Henriad is Shakespeare at his finest.

The series will air on four successive Saturdays, from May 23 to June 13. Each broadcast will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. EST.

There are three ways to listen:
1. If you live in the Connecticut River Valley, tune in to WMUA 91.1 FM during the scheduled broadcast.
2. Stream the simulcast online at http://www.wmua.org/listen.php
3. Purchase a CD or download of The Henriad online. More details to come.

Proceeds will benefit the Renaissance Center's project to build a reproduction of a Tudor-era great hall, which will be used as a performance space.

The broadcast schedule is as follows:
May 23: Richard II
The arrogant King Richard banishes his ambitious cousin, Henry Bolingbroke, from England. When Richard's extravagant ways anger his nobles, they call on Bolingbroke to return from exile and seize the crown.

May 30: Henry IV, Part One
Several years later, Bolingbroke, now king, is betrayed by the friends who brought him to power. To crush the rebellion, the king must turn to his son Hal, who spends his days in a London tavern with the libertine Falstaff. The play culminates in the Battle of Shrewsbury, where Hal faces the rebel leader, Hotspur, in single combat.

June 6: Henry IV, Part Two
In the aftermath of the Battle of Shrewsbury, the country is beset by confusion and trickery. While the armies regroup, the king falls ill and foresees chaos for his realm.

June 13: Henry V
Having succeeded his father as king, Hal declares war on France. In the series' thrilling and controversial conclusion, King Henry V rallies his outnumbered troops to fight the mighty French at the Battle of Agincourt.

The cast includes veteran actors and radio personalities, such as Walter Carroll and Chris Rohmann, from around the Valley. 'The Henriad' is directed by Matteo Pangallo. Lucinda Kidder is the producer, and sound design is provided by Tom Shread.

The Renaissance Center Theater Company is the performance arm of the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies. Located on twenty-eight acres adjacent to the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, the Center is an internationally known institute for the interdisciplinary study of the culture and achievements of the Renaissance period (1400-1700). The Center contributes to the field of Renaissance studies through research, teaching, and outreach to the UMass Amherst campus, the Amherst community, and beyond. For more information about the Center and a full calendar of activities,
visit the Center's web page at www.umass.edu/renaissance.

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