For The Two Noble Kinsmen, Shakespeare and his co-writer, John Fletcher, reached back to medieval times—to “The Knight’s Tale” from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales—for their story of obsessive, competitive attraction for a woman spied from a jail cell by two aristocratic cousins captured in battle. From a remove of 139 years, Shakespeare and Fletcher questioned the more straightforwardly chivalric tale Chaucer’s Knight told. The Two Noble Kinsmen asks: Do the rules of honor ennoble or debase? What effect does it have on a woman to be “won” without consulting her? The playwrights added a memorable character not found in Chaucer, the Jailer’s Daughter, to further explore their themes of obsession and its effects. Two cousins, Palamon and Arcite are captured while fighting for Thebes against Athens. While imprisoned, they find themselves attracted to Emilia, who is the sister of Hippolyta, wife of Theseus. The Two Noble Kinsmen is one of 39 plays to be translated and adapted for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s three-year Play On! project. This production will be translated by playwright Dr. Tim Slover and dramaturged by Dr. Martine Kei Green-Rogers.
Post-show Discussion: April 7, 2017
Panel Discussion: April 14, 2017
About the director: Randy Reyes (Artistic Director) is an alumni of the University of Utah Actor Training Program and graduated from The Juilliard School Drama Division in 1999. He is an award winning theater artist that has worked as a professional actor, director, and theater educator with institutions across the country, including Mu Performing Arts, The Guthrie, Mixed Blood, Ten Thousand Things, Thirst Theater, Chicago Ave. Project, The Playwrights’ Center, Workhaus Collective, Theater in the Round, Cincinnati Playhouse, Seattle Children’s Theatre, NYU Graduate Acting Program, University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Acting Program, Wagner College, The University of Utah, Augsburg College, and Macalester College. He is a board President of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA) and a board member of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL). Randy also represents Mu as a member of the Twin Cities Theater of Color Coalition along with Penumbra Theatre, New Native Theatre, Pangea World Theatre, and Teatro Del Pueblo. A 2006 recipient of the TCG New Generation Future Leaders fellowship under the mentorship of Rick Shiomi at Mu Performing Arts and the 2016 University of Utah Distinguished Alumni Award. Randy has also served as Artistic Director of The Strange Capers and the Theater in Education Director at The Guthrie. He became Mu Performing Art’s Artistic Director in September 2013.
About the playwright: Tim Slover