Henry V

Ryan Winkles as Henry V
Ryan Winkles as Henry V

Henry V is probably one of Shakespeare’s most popular of the history plays. Different film versions emphasize different aspects of the play as do different productions. Shakespeare and Company is known for its Bare Bard productions where a small cast of actors play all the roles, much as Shakespeare’s traveling companies did back when the plays were first produced in Elizabethan England.

Bob and I love Bare Bard productions because they call upon the imagination of the audience as we watch actors move from one character to another. I know I may overuse the word “magic” in regard to theatre, but that is what it is in the hands of skillful actors like those at Shakespeare and Company. This production is enhanced by Govane Lobauer’s costumes. With the addition of a cloak or a different tunic, we see before we hear each different individual. Eight actors are the courts of England and France, the weary soldiers and others. “The muse of fire…” is truly on the Bernstein stage through August 23.

Bob and I interviewed the director, Jenna Ware, ┬áthe Henry, Ryan Winkles, and Kelly Galvin and Jon Croy before the play opened. There was much promise in what they said and when we saw the play, the promise was fulfilled. We also had the good fortune to have interviewed Ryan and Kelly earlier in the season when they had just returned from Boston where they had spent the year while Kelly was working on her master’s degree in theatre.

Kelly Galvin and Ryan Winkles

Director and Cast Members of Henry V

The company of Henry V
The company of Henry V
Henry Wooing  the Princess of France
Henry Wooing the Princess of France
The archbishop and Henry
The archbishop and Henry

Backstage with Bob and Govane Lohbauer

Theatre is a collaborative effort. Those behind the scenes are important to the overall success of a production. Over our four years on Theatre Talk we have interviewed a range of people who work behind the scenes  contributing to the magic of a performance. We will continue to do so. Meanwhile, I will also publish our past interviews.

Early in 2013, we interviewed Bob and Govane Lohbauer at Shakespeare and Company. Bob is an actor as well as Weapons Master. Govane is a costume designer who has enhanced many productions with her designs. Over the years we have enjoyed their work. Getting an idea of what happens behind the scenes always increases one’s appreciation of the final product.

Bob and Govanne Lohbauer
Bob and Govanne Lohbauer