The Knight of the Burning Pestle centers on the interruption of the (apparently rather dull) drama The London Gentleman by the audience themselves. Led by The Citizen, they insist the players perform a different play, which they make up on the spot, starring the Citizen's apprentice Rafe as "The Knight of the Burning Pestle". The players themselves stumble on, alternately trying to get through The London Gentleman while periodically acceding to the audience's whims regarding the adventures of The Knight.
The production will be infused with music (as the author Beaumont intended), and will be directed by newly minted U.C. Berkeley theatre graduate Lelan Fernando, fresh off directing a number of works at Cal during his senior year, with stage management by Tessa Maurer. Lelan will be assisted by Michael R. Cohen, who directed our first foray at John Hinkel Park, Fortinbras back in 2013.
Performances begin Saturday, August 19th at 4 p.m. at John Hinkel Park in Berkeley, and continue on weekends at 4 p.m. through September 3rd, with a special performance on Monday, September 4th at 4 p.m.
Productions are Free-of-Charge, no reservation necessary. John Hinkel Park is an outdoor amphitheatre consisting of a series of stone terraces - pillows, blankets, and low lawnchairs are recommended. For folks with limited mobility we will reserve spots at ground level and/or the first few rows - call 510-649-5999 for a reservation. Wheelchair accessible. The performance will last 1 1/2 hours, including a 15 minute intermission, with hot dogs and corn-on-the-cob on offer! Portable restrooms on-site. Directions and transit information on our website. Have a picnic, watch a play, and celebrate with us the end of summer and our 60th anniversary!
Featuring Actors Ensemble veterans Marsha van Broek as the Wife/Nell, Lee Vogt as The Citizen/George, Polina Litvak as Humphrey, Susannah Wood as Mistress Merrythought, Bruce Kaplan as Merrythought, and Peter Weiss as The Merchant, with newcomers Alexander Espinosa Pieb as Rafe, Shannon Maudlin as Michael, and Kax Valtchev as Jasper. Set design by Elena Childs, fresh off assisting with Chalk Circle, with costume design by Marie Morely.
Actors Ensemble of Berkeley has been producing high-quality theatre with a community flavor since 1957.