For her senior honors thesis and through LAB! Theatre , she decided to compile all three of the plays into a 90-minute production, instead of the usual six-hour-long run. This weekend, the project will come t o life.
“There are a million adaptations of ‘Henry VI’ out there, but no one has ever done it quite like this,” Rio said.
The combination of the three scripts into one performance is part of Rio’s senior honor’s thesis, a process she said has been a lot of work.
“The idea behind this huge script I’ve created is to be able to perform the essence of the trilogy in as much time with as many resources as it would take to do any of Shakespeare’s other free-standing plays,” she said.
“Henry VI” chronicles the rise and fall of Joan of Arc, the loss of Henry V’s English territories to France, the conflict between the York and Somerset families in the War of the Roses and a young king who struggles to control all of the chess pieces in an especially traitorous game.
In combining these stories, Rio created a production with a large number of characters and roles to play.
Rio said the experimental performance challenges the actors by having them constantly rotating between roles.
Max Bitar , a junior dramatic art and journalism double-major, will be taking on multiple roles: Lord Salisbury, the Duke of Gloucester and Edward IV. He said that it was difficult to learn three parts, let alone for a Shakespearean production.