The King’s Face

Historically Speaking Reading Series – New York Premiere Of:

The King’s Face

by Steven Young

WINNER: FutureFest and South West Playwriting Competitions.
Monday, February 4th at 7pm  
The Episcopal Actors’ Guild
1 East 29th St, NYC
(with a post-performance talk back) 
Directed by Gerald vanHeerden
Featuring: Mat Labotka* and Mark Peters*
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association
No elevator/venue has one flight of stairs – chair lift is available.

About the play:  Set in medieval times, The King’s Face by Steven Young is loosely based on the true story of a wounded warrior.

It’s 1403, a time of war and terrorism. At the battle of Shrewsbury, King Henry IV finally secures his crown, only late in the battle to have his son and heir to the throne, Prince Harry of Monmouth, struck down by an arrow to the face.

As no other doctors can save him, as a last resort, London Surgeon and counterfeiter Jonathon Bradmore is released from prison and ordered to examine the young man.

Bradmore, of modest standing and reputation, holds the life of the future monarch in his hands and is nearly overwhelmed by the task before him. In just a matter of days, however, the two develop a father and son-like relationship, examining questions of sex, religion, terrorism, war, patriotism… and… what it means to lead a nation.

(Photo: Henry V/National Portrait Gallery, London)