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(2015)

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  • H4 translates Shakespeare's Henry IV plays to contemporary Los Angeles to explore political struggles in the community. By killing a popular black leader, Henry hopes to cement his family's political dynasty, but his reckless son, Hal, seems more interested in hijinks than politics. Will the "Prince of Watts" follow in the footsteps of his powerful father, or will he succumb to the criminal life championed by Falstaff? Performed in Shakespeare's original language, H4 will appeal to Shakespearean aficionados and newcomers alike.

    - Written by Ayanna Thompson
  • The two parts of Shakespeare's Henry IV plays are conflated into a unified whole and translated to contemporary Laos Angel es in H4. At once a family drama and a political thriller, H4 invites its audience to explore the familial, ethnic, and religious factions in the contemporary struggles for black political power. Performed in Shakespeare's original Elizabethan English, H4 will appeal to Shakespearean aficionados and newcomers alike.

    - Written by Anonymous

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