The Monmouth County Library continues its summer classic theater programs as the Next Stage Ensemble returns to perform Ovid's Metamorphoses in July and Shakespeare's Henry V in August.
Next Stage Ensemble, a division of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Summer Professional Training Program, was created to nurture the work of early career actors and to train them in ensemble-based performance techniques. This year marks the 51st anniversary season of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive in Manalapan, will host both performances, which are free and open to the public..
On Tuesday, July 9 at 7 p.m., the Ensemble will tackle Greek myths in Ovid's Metamorphoses, from Ted Hughes's Tales of Ovid.
How did the world begin? Why does a voice echo back to you when you shout in a canyon? Why do you see your reflection in still water? Does someone control your destiny? In Ovid's Metamorphoses, the myths of Ancient Greece come vividly to life with a collection of tales of gods and mortals, romance and revenge, hope and rebirth.
Read on for the August program information!
On Thursday, August 1 at 7 p.m., Next Stage will perform Shakespeare's historical masterpiece, Henry V. Shakespeare's tale brings history to life in the gripping coming-of-age story of a new king and his nation.
The young and inexperienced Henry V of England, threatened by rebellious nobles and the military might of France, leads a ragtag band of soldiers in a desperate attempt to save his throne and consolidate his power. Shakespeare's play is a stirring commentary on patriotism, courage and the qualities that make a great leader and nation.
Make sure you take note of the "Band of Brothers" speech!