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Oh, DROMIO, DROMIO…

The Comedy of Errors
Directed by Adam Lewis

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Two sets of twins separated at birth unwittingly inhabit the same city, resulting in the ultimate case of mistaken identity. As the siblings struggle with a series of misunderstandings, comedy thrives amid the chaos.

Show Dates:
Friday, Apr 5 at 8 pm – Opening Night, with Post-Show Audience Conversation
Saturday, Apr 6 at 8 pm
Sunday, Apr 7 at 3 pm – Bob’s Matinee

Thursday, Apr 11 at 8 pm
Friday, Apr 12 at 8 pm
Saturday, Apr 13 at 8 pm

Location:
1730 Wilkes Ave, Davenport, IA 52804

Tickets: General Admittance – Doors open 30 min before curtain. Reserve your seats in advance at tinyurl.com/coe-reservations.

Inspired by QCTW’s vision of making theatre accessible to all, we are adopting the “pay what it’s worth” model for this show. When you arrive at the theatre you won’t be asked for money. Once the show is over, however, we ask that you reflect on the experience, then stop out front on your way out and pay what you think it’s worth. No one should be unable to attend this show because of ticket prices; on the other hand, if you appreciate our work and have the means, we encourage you to be generous.

Auditions for THE Comedy of Errors!

AUDITIONS for Prenzie Players’ production of The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare will be held on Saturday, February 16 (1–4pm) and Monday, February 18th (6–9pm) at 1730 Wilkes Ave, Davenport, IA.

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Two sets of twins separated at birth unwittingly inhabit the same city, resulting in the ultimate case of mistaken identity. As the siblings struggle with a series of misunderstandings, comedy thrives amid the chaos.

Come ready to read from the script with your fellow actors. Everyone is welcome! ALL roles are open to anyone regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity.

If you want to play with us but are unable to make either audition date, let us know with as much notice as possible and we will do our best to accommodate you. Callbacks will be held on Monday, February 18th (6–9pm)

The Comedy of Errors performs April 5–13th, 2019, and will be directed by Adam Lewis.

For more information, please contact us at prenzieplayers@gmail.com.

macbeth doth come…

Prenzie Players Present…

Macbeth
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Catherine Bodenbender

This play needs no introduction. The story of ambition and murder set in medieval Scotland has earned a prominent place in many people’s imaginations and feelings about Shakespearean drama. But while the play is familiar, our production will draw you into the story afresh. This Macbeth will be an experience you will not soon forget!

We are especially excited for this show because this will be the first time in Prenzie history that we will be producing a play for a second time! Our previous production, in April 2005, was directed by Aaron Sullivan. The current production features Aaron Sullivan in the title role. We are delighted to revisit this tale in a fully reimagined, new presentation for 2019.

And in case anyone is wondering… Yes, there will be fighting.

Show Dates:

  • Opening Night – Friday, Jan 18 at 8 pm, with Post-Show Audience Conversation
  • Saturday, Jan 19 at 8 pm
  • Sunday, Jan 20 at 3 pm – Bob’s Matinee

  • Tuesday, Jan 22 at 8pm – an extra opportunity! (This show date is contingent on sufficient advance reservations.)
  • Thursday, Jan 24 at 8 pm
  • Friday, Jan 25 at 8 pm
  • Saturday, Jan 26 at 8 pm

Location:
1730 Wilkes Ave, Davenport, IA 52804

Tickets: General Admittance – Doors open 30 min before curtain

Inspired by QCTW’s vision of making theatre accessible to all, we are adopting the “pay what it’s worth” model for this show. When you arrive at the theatre you won’t be asked for money. Once the show is over, however, we ask that you reflect on the experience, then stop out front on your way out and pay what you think it’s worth. No one should be unable to attend this show because of ticket prices; on the other hand, if you appreciate our work and have the means, we encourage you to be generous.

That said, seating is extremely limited! We only have 32 seats available for each performance. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND making reservations. Unclaimed tickets will be released 5 minutes prior to curtain.

Reservations: tinyurl.com/macbeth-reservations
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prenzieplayers/

Giving Tuesday Fundraiser

Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, November 27th!

The Prenzie Players have had a fantastic year this year, but we need your support now more than ever! And with Facebook and PayPal matching donations made on Giving Tuesday, your contributions will go further than ever!

CLICK HERE FOR OUR GIVING TUESDAY FUNDRAISER!

(See https://www.facebook.com/help/332488213787105 for more on this Giving Tuesday effort.)

In 2018, the Prenzies were excited to bring you:

  • Play in a Day: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • King John
  • Henry VIII

We are looking forward to another amazing year of theatre and being another step closer to accomplishing All the Works | Seasons of Discontent, our goal to complete Shakespeare’s entire canon within the next few seasons! This will be wonderful, but it will also be a challenge. Producing the kind of intimate, engaging theatre we do requires backing from our community. For more on Prenzie Players’ plans, please visit the website for our capital campaign: campaign.prenzieplayers.com.

Brief But Big Amazon Smile Promotion

Buying some early Christmas presents on Amazon? You can help raise funds for Prenzie Players when you use Amazon, through the Amazon Smile program! Also, for the next few days — until November 2, there is a special promotion, during which the benefit is MULTIPLIED BY TEN from the usual (0.5%), meaning a total donation equal to 5% of your purchase.

How To Help

Navigate to https://smile.amazon.com/ when shopping, rather than the main front page. Search for “Prenzie Players” and set us as your preferred charity, and Amazon will contribute a percentage of your  purchase to Prenzie Players, at no cost to you. [More info here.] Keep in mind that while Amazon Smile will remember the charity you select, it will not benefit the charity unless you begin a given session at https://smile.amazon.com/!

Capital Campaign

Meanwhile, don’t forget the ongoing Prenzie capital campaign to help fund All the Works | Seasons of Discontent! Visit the campaign website to contribute directly and be a part of the future of Prenzie Players!

King John is Gone…

Directed by Kate Farence
April 2018

“Fine performances…one of the more balanced productions I’ve seen presented by the Prenzies.”

Jeff Ashcraft, River Cities’ Reader

“Feel the intensity of King John… While the dialogue is pristinely original, the delivery makes it feel so much more modern. Even if you don’t have a knack for Shakespearean interchange, you will still be able to follow this story line.”

Tess Abney, QuadCities.com

“Kudos to Prenzie for adhering to its mission to perform the full canon of Shakespeare’s works. Kate Farence ably pilots a squadron of very capable veterans as well as some talented and refreshing newcomers to the Prenzie stage.”

Chris Hicks, Dispatch-Argus

 

Photo Credit: Tracy Skaggs

Betrayal. Bloodshed. Bastards.

Prenzie Players present William Shakespeare’s King John, the story of England’s maniacal monarch and his violent pursuit of power – by whatever means necessary.

Although the show’s run is over, you can still have fun with the King John Coloring Book and the Co-Author King John game!

Photo Credit: Tracy Skaggs

King John Fight
Photo Credit: John Turner

Photo Credit: John Turner

Tracy Skaggs as Austria
Photo Credit: John Turner

Susan and Jess as Eleanor and Constance
Photo Credit: John Turner

Program

The Cast

Jeremy Mahr
King John of England

Susan Perrin-Sallak
Queen Elinor, his mother and widow of Henry II of England

Brody Ford
Prince Henry, his son

Kitty Israel
Blanche of Castille, his niece
& Roberta Bigot, Lady Earl of Norfolk

Andy Curtiss
William ‘Long-Sword’, Earl of Salisbury

Mike Carron
William Marshal, Lord of Pembroke

Joe Sager
Peter of Pomfret, an English “prophet”
& an English Soldier
& a French Soldier

Katie Nichols
An English Attendant
& an English Soldier

Mattie Gelaude
An English Attendant
& a Citizen of Angiers
& an English Messenger
& a French Soldier

Nathan Klaus
Philip Faulconbridge, also known as The Bastard and Sir Richard Plantagenet, the illegitimate son of Richard I of England and Lady Faulconbridge

Tracy Skaggs
Robert Faulconbridge, legitimate son of the deceased Sir Robert and Lady Faulconbridge
& Duke of Austria, an ally of Queen Philippa of France

Alaina Pascarella
Lady Faulconbridge, Philip’s and Robert’s mother
& Cardinal Pandulph, representative of Pope Innocent III

Denise Yoder
Queen Philippa of France

Cole McFarren
Louis the Dauphin, her son

Mischa Hooker
Chatillion, a French Nobleman and Ambassador to King John
& Langton, the Archbishop of Canterbury

Jessica White
Constance, wife of Geoffrey the deceased son of Henry II of England

Joe Brune
Arthur, her son, nephew of King John, claimant to the throne of England

Angela Rathman
Hubert, a Citizen of Angiers and later supporter of the English cause


The Crew

Director: Kate Farence
Assistant Director: Payton Brasher
Stage Manager: Liz Sager
Fight Choreographer: Aaron E. Sullivan
Fight Master: Payton Brasher
Set Design: Kate Farence
Set Construction: Payton Brasher, Kate Farence, Andrew Lord, Elizabeth Woolley, Denise Yoder, and Tom Sallak
Set Painting: Catherine Bodenbender, Kate Farence, Nathan Klaus, Alaina Pascarella, and Liz Sager
Sound and Lights: Elizabeth and Justin Hager
Sound and Light Board Operator: Andrew Bruning and Liz Sager
Props: Angela Rathman, Denise Yoder, and THE CAST
Costumes: Kate Farence, Angela Rathman, Denise Yoder, and THE CAST
Artistic Director and Producer: Catherine Bodenbender
Front of House: Catherine Bodenbender


Special Thanks

Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House
Tyson Danner
Aimee and Josh Ford
Quad Cities Theatre Workshop

King John Is Coming…

Betrayal. Bloodshed. Bastards.

Prenzie Players present William Shakespeare’s King John, the story of England’s maniacal monarch and his violent pursuit of power – by whatever means necessary.

Directed by Kate Farence

[Click here for the Facebook event]

Ticket Prices:
$10 – 24 hrs in advance
$15 – walk up

Reservations:
Email – tickets@prenzieplayers.com
Voicemail – 563-484-4210
[Click here for online reservations]

Seating:
General Admittance – Doors open at 7:30pm

Show Dates:
Opening Night – Friday, Apr 20 at 8 pm
Saturday, Apr 21 at 8 pm
Bob’s Matinee – Sunday, Apr 22 at 3 pm

Thursday, Apr 26 at 8 pm
Friday, Apr 27 at 8 pm
Saturday, Apr 28 at 8 pm

Help Prenzie Players with Amazon Smile

Did you know about Amazon Smile? You can help raise funds for Prenzie Players when you use Amazon, through the Amazon Smile program! Although the special promotion (March 12 and March 31, when the benefit was tripled from the usual, for the first eligible purchase), you can still help out in this way!

How To Help

Navigate to https://smile.amazon.com/ when shopping, rather than the main front page. Search for “Prenzie Players” and set us as your preferred charity, and Amazon will contribute 0.5% of your  purchase to Prenzie Players, at no cost to you. [More info here.] Keep in mind that while Amazon Smile will remember the charity you select, it will not benefit the charity unless you begin a given session at https://smile.amazon.com/!

Capital Campaign

Meanwhile, don’t forget the ongoing Prenzie capital campaign to help fund All the Works | Seasons of Discontent! Visit the campaign website to contribute directly and be a part of the future of Prenzie Players!

Shakespeare Play in Just One Day: A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Aaron Sullivan, Maggie Woolley and Mike King
We did it! On the evening of Jan. 19, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was randomly selected, cast, and read through. On the 20th, after rehearsing in the morning, afternoon, and evening, we mounted the production. The event was a resounding success, and officially kicked off the “All the Works | Seasons of Discontent” capital campaign. Visit the campaign page to be a part of Prenzie’s future!
Mattie Gelaude and Beth Woolley

[More photos on Facebook!]