Christopher Prentice as Ned in Elizabeth Rex at Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Elizabeth Rex

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[Prentice] is an actor of immense versatility and presence.

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By Timothy Findley
Directed by Paula Suozzi
With Deborah Staples, Christopher Prentice, Thomas Anthony Quinn, and Matt Daniels
Illinois Shakespeare Festival
2014

This brilliant, award-winning play imagines Queen Elizabeth spending the eve of her lover’s execution in the company of William Shakespeare and his players. Seeking distraction from her grief, she watches Much Ado About Nothing and afterward, banters with Ned, the actor who played Beatrice, about his playing a woman, and her playing a man. Meanwhile, Shakespeare is writing a new play called Antony and Cleopatra—about a Queen’s tragic affair with her lover—which Elizabeth finds suspiciously familiar.

Chris starred as Ned Lowenscroft, Shakespeare’s great interpreter of women and a Beatrice for the ages.

Credits

Cast

Deborah Staples
Elizabeth
Christopher Prentice
Ned
Thomas Anthony Quinn
Will
Matt Daniels
Jack
Norman Moses
Percy
Frederic Stone
Luddy
Natalie Blackman
Tardy
Colin Lawrence
Harry
Michael Pine
Matt
Faith Servant
Mary Stanley
Robert Michael Johnson
Cecil
Jack Dwyer
Tom
Ron Román
Ben
Cyndee Brown
Countess of Henslowe
Ian Scarlato
The Bear
Timuchin Aker
Joey Banks
Wigasi Brant
Bethany Hart
Colin Trevino-Odell
Ensemble

Creative

Paula Suozzi
Director
Lauren M. Lowell
Costume Design
Kristin Ellert
Scenic Design
Sarah EC Maines
Lighting Design
Shannon Marie O’Neill
Music
Jean Kerr
Choreography