This little-known jewel of a play begins out on the patio. Here you can meet the the blushing young Helena, who is lovesick and longs for a headstrong young Count. Then meet a pair of scoundrels who will tie the whole play together, even as each is hoist in his own petard. After making an alliance with the young noblemans mother, Helena follows him to Paris where she cures the King of a deadly affliction and secures her heart’s desire by marrying the Count. But it is not even the end of the second act. She will have to folow her reluctant husband from France to Italy and back home to Spain, while laying plans to save one maiden’s virtue and her own honor.
Sometimes called a Comedy, the play reflects problems that sound as modern as any dysfunctional family drama. Shakespeare looks into the hearts of men of chivalry, and finds them incomplete. In this play it is the ladies who show nobility and perseverance. Along the way you can hear a pure young maiden discuss the meaning and importance of virginity with a rogue. The Countess and a clown, (well, a jester), talk about marriage.
As the King and Countess discover the truth, Helena shows that she has won her husband not once, but twice. Then the King observes that despite the bitter past, all yet seems well.
The cast features Karla Burkitt as the Spanish Countess, Josh Beck as her son, the young Count; and Rebekah Zito as Helena, the orphaned ward of the Countess and the heir to her fathers great medical knowledge. N. Justis Burkitt will be playing Parolles, a gentleman without honor, but who deserves to be listened to. The cast is rounded out by the King, played by Glenn Velguth, who will go from sick unto death, revitalized, then full of righteous anger, all in five acts. Added to this are doctors and swashbuckling lords, widows and matrons, and se wht starts out as murky and desperate, all ends quite well.
This play is produced by Laark Productions, a non-profit theater company. Laark partners with not-for-profit organizations to create productions as singular, site-specific events.
All’s Well that Ends Well is an annual fundraising event to benefit the Highlands Center for Natural History’s science-based youth and adult programs throughout the year.
If you go:
What: Laark Production’s presentation of Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well
Where: Highlands Center for Natural History
When: Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26
Time: Reception @ 6 PM, Performance @ 7 PM
Cost: $60, includes catered appetizers by El Gato Azul, local beer, wine, coffee and dessert
Seats are limited, purchase tickets here.
Go to PrescotteNews to see a photo gallery from the play.