Past Event

Henry VI: Civil Wars

October 7, 2023
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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The Theatre @ Schapiro
605 West 115th Street
New York, NY 10025

Columbia University School of Arts MFA Acting Cohort of 2024 presents HENRY VI: Civil Wars an adaptation of Shakespeare's trilogy plays, by Kathryn Walsh.

There are many versions of Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays, and they’ve been cut together, adapted and staged over and over by many artists, who’ve seen them as a story that can reflect something true to their communities at the time of their making. There have also been many versions of the history in these plays, depending on who is writing and when, and what their particular allegiances and agendas were. Everything is an adaptation.

In this radically shortened re-telling, we bring you a story of conflict and rivalry at the very inner circle of power. The wealthy family Plantagenet and their assorted relations drag their world to war again and again because they want that little extra scrap of influence and prestige. Lost somewhere among the machinations is everyone else who has to fight and die on their behalf. Why do these people want power? What do they say they want it for? What might they do with it once it’s theirs? And for how long will they get to keep it?

Adult themes in this show include images of violence, weapon use, and death.

approximately 160 minutes

Aaron J Anderson
William Appiah
Veda Baldota
Mollee Barse
Evangeline Billups
Sarah Chalfie
Charles Denton
Roberto Perez
Zachary Lopez Roa
Julian Shaheen
Sabrina Victor
Revon Yousif
India Shea

Director Kathryn Walsh
Production Stage Manager María De Barros
Assistant Stage Manager Jozi Gullickson
Fight Director Jacqueline Holloway
FIght Captain Mollee Barse
Scenic Design Jackson Paul Key
Sound Design Caroline Eng
Assistant Sound Design Andrew Freeburg
Lighting Design Shane Hennessy
Projection Design Vivienne Shaw
Costume Design Brynne Oster-Bainnson
Marketing Sabrina Victor & Veda Baldota


Tickets are free, but please RSVP due to limited space.

Please note: The Theatre @ Schapiro is only accessible by a flight of stairs. For elevator access to the space, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance at [email protected]. If further accommodations are needed, please email [email protected] at least 5 days before the event.