Show has been extended to January 28, 2007 *
A world premiere!
tragedy, with original music, lovers torn apart, nasty villains,
political intrigue, and a sense of melodramatic fun keeping pace
with the drama.
an ancient play for modern times.
Thursday - Sunday through January 28, 2007
5PM matinee shows January 21st & 28th
All other performances at 8PM
Local phenomenon Mark Jackson, creator of
the critically acclaimed The Death of Meyerhold returns to Shotgun
Players with a new work that is finely tuned and stunningly staged.
The Forest War is high theatrical tragedy, with lovers torn apart,
cruel villains, political intrigue, and a sense of melodramatic
fun keeping pace with the drama. Though it takes an ancient form,
the debate over violence, politics, and personal opinion is one
that we’re all facing daily in the newspaper headlines, television
broadcasts and around our dinner tables.
The Forest War is the tale of an ancient Asiatic society's tireless,
economy-driven war machine, and how it is fueled by personal desire
and ambition as well as the public's own susceptibility to rumor
and propaganda. As a ten-year war over a great expanse of forestland
ends, an aging king passes on his sword not to his son but rather
to a peace-loving wealthy landowner who is well liked by the people.
Feeling betrayed, and still eager to finish off what he views as
the unfinished Forest War, the king’s son proceeds to twist
a thick and bloody plot designed to turn the people against their
new king and get soldiers back on the battlefield.
Shotgun Players cast of The Forest War includes Shotgun Core Company
members Cassidy Brown, Fontana Butterfield and Reid Davis. The production
also features performances by Drew Anderson (King Lear), Kevin Clarke
(The Death of Meyerhold), Anna Ishida (Bright Ideas), Richard Reinholdt
(Man and Superman), Carla Pantoja (Arabian Night), and newcomers
to the Shotgun Stage Caroline Hewitt, Tonya Glanz, Ryan Tasker,
Erin Stuart, Thu Tran, and Lukas Ferreria. The set will be designed
by Mellie Katakolos with props by Ambra Sultzbaugh, costumes by
Valera Coble and light design by Heather Basarab. Shotgun Company
Member Daniel Bruno will perform live percussion onstage along side
multi-instrumentalist Christopher Broderick.