Courage! To The Field! by Else C. Went (after Shakespeare)
Directed by Emma Rosa Went
Courage! To The Field! is an alternate-history-play, a good old-fashioned party, and a story told with music. As brand new characters and old favorites alike bump up against the edges of Henry IV, Courage! frames a wild conversation with Shakespeare himself, in which unnamed messengers, vengeful tapsters, and neglected wives turn history inside-out and make it their own. With disguises, swordplay, romance, fiddles, hijinks, and more – history is theatre, and it belongs to everyone.
This workshop production of Courage! To The Field! is made possible in part through a Tim Bond Production Grant from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Courage! was originally written as an entry to the ASC Shakespeare's Contemporaries Project 2018, and was named a semi-finalist.