Theatre & Dance Upcoming and Current Performances
Knight of the Burning Pestle
Rogers Theatre; Stephens Performing Arts Center (open seating)
February 8, 9, 14, 15, & 16, 2013
It’s a romp! A theatrical performance is beginning when an outspoken couple, George and Nell, climb onto the stage and insist on seeing plays written for their own tastes. They provide constant commentary on the play the beleaguered theatre company is trying to perform, and insist on inserting their own (not so) swashbuckling hero--their grocery shop apprentice, Rafe, as an inept Renaissance action figure dubbed "The Knight of the Burning Pestle." Nell and George constantly misread and comment upon the scenes of the play-within-the-play, and frequently insert Rafe’s farcically inept action hero scenes. The resulting pastiche seems very contemporary and fresh. Hard to believe the play was written by Francis Beaumont, a contemporary of Shakespeare, and that 2013 marks the 400th anniversary of play’s first major production. We can promise this production will be unlike any Elizabethan/Jacobean play you’ve ever seen!
RATED PG-13 (suggestive language and innuendo of time period)