England, 1605: Shagspeare is commissioned by the prime minister to write the “true historie” of the Gunpowder Plot. And it must have witches! A witty and high-stakes political thriller with contemporary resonances, this intriguing play gallops from the great Globe to the Tower of London to the halls of Parliament to the heart of Judith, Shag’s younger daughter, who finds herself unexpectedly at the very heart of the political, dramatic and—ultimately—human mystery.
“We have been waiting with bated breath for the regional rights for this show to become available,” said RC Artistic Director Clint Rebik. “Ever since several of us saw it in Ashland a few years ago, it’s been something we wanted to do.”
“It’s such a great story, and it’s presented in such a theatrical way!” added RC Executive Director Peggy Metzger. “You’ll be amazed – special effects, sound and lighting, swordfights. It’s really exciting!”
Equivocation is directed by Catherine L. Brown – well-known in the area for her excellent costume designs. “I haven’t directed in years, but I’ve been wanting to direct with Redwood Curtain. This script is so extraordinary…I knew this was the one!”
The cast includes veteran RC actors James Hitchcock, Gary Sommers, Dmitry Tokarsky and Cody Miranda, as well as newcomers David Hamilton and Ambar Cuevas. Scenic Deisgn is by Ray Gutierrez, lighting by Michael Burkhart, and costumes by Jenneveve Hood. Special effects team includes Jillian Park, Hannah Toyoda and Jared Sorenson, with Fight Choreography by Craig Benson. Jessica McKnight stage manages.
Equivocation previews on Thursday and Friday September 4th and 5th, with $10 tickets, and opening night with Gala reception is Saturday, September 6th, with tickets at $20. Performances continue Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through September 27th. Cheap date Thursdays on September 11th, 18th, and 25th, two tickets for $20. A 2pm Sunday Matinees take place on September 21st, with tickets at $15. Ticket price on Friday and Saturday (except Gala) nights is $15.
Redwood Curtain is at 220 First Street (between C and D) in Old Town, Eureka. Main entrance through Snug Alley.
As the theatre is intimate with only 80 seats, reservations are highly recommended, and there is no late seating. Evening performances begin promptly at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 2pm.