Courage! To the Field!
Written by Else C. Went (after Shakespeare)
A riff on Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth plays
Directed by Ariana Karp
Produced by the ISC as part of the Santa Fe Summer Shakespeare
Courage! To The Field! is an alternate-history play, a good old-fashioned party, and a story told with music. As brand-new characters and old favorites alike bump up against the edges of Henry 4, Courage! frames a wild conversation with Shakespeare himself in which unnamed messengers, vengeful tapsters, and neglected wives turn history inside-out and make it their own. With disguises, swordplay, romance, fiddles, hi-jinks, and more—history is theatre, and it belongs to everyone.
Else C. Went is a co-founder of The Renovationists and current member of The Playwright's Realm Writing Fellowship and Trans Theatre Lab. Else’s work has been produced and developed by Playwright’s Realm, Trans Lab @ The Public, and WP, The Tank, The Brick, The Flea, Living Room Theatre, and Parity Productions. Recipient of 2017 Parity Productions’ commission for women and transgender playwrights. Finalist for The Public’s Emerging Writers Group, Ingram Works New Play Lab @ Nashville Rep, semi-finalist for the Ars Nova Play Group. Plays include They Stay Together, Old Names for Wildflowers, Courage! To the Field!, Three Seconds, Saving Throw, Boxcar, The Great American Folksong, and The Tarantists. Short works include Mongrel (pub. Dionysian #3) and Fireflies. Else has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.
“I want to make theater worth it.” —Else C. Went
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