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King John is Gone…

Directed by Kate Farence
April 2018

“Fine performances…one of the more balanced productions I’ve seen presented by the Prenzies.”

Jeff Ashcraft, River Cities’ Reader

“Feel the intensity of King John… While the dialogue is pristinely original, the delivery makes it feel so much more modern. Even if you don’t have a knack for Shakespearean interchange, you will still be able to follow this story line.”

Tess Abney,

“Kudos to Prenzie for adhering to its mission to perform the full canon of Shakespeare’s works. Kate Farence ably pilots a squadron of very capable veterans as well as some talented and refreshing newcomers to the Prenzie stage.”

Chris Hicks, Dispatch-Argus


Photo Credit: Tracy Skaggs
Betrayal. Bloodshed. Bastards.

Prenzie Players present William Shakespeare’s King John, the story of England’s maniacal monarch and his violent pursuit of power – by whatever means necessary.

Although the show’s run is over, you can still have fun with the King John Coloring Book and the Co-Author King John game!

Photo Credit: Tracy Skaggs
King John Fight
Photo Credit: John Turner
Photo Credit: John Turner
Tracy Skaggs as Austria
Photo Credit: John Turner
Susan and Jess as Eleanor and Constance
Photo Credit: John Turner

The Cast

Jeremy Mahr
King John of England

Susan Perrin-Sallak
Queen Elinor, his mother and widow of Henry II of England

Brody Ford
Prince Henry, his son

Kitty Israel
Blanche of Castille, his niece
& Roberta Bigot, Lady Earl of Norfolk

Andy Curtiss
William ‘Long-Sword’, Earl of Salisbury

Mike Carron
William Marshal, Lord of Pembroke

Joe Sager
Peter of Pomfret, an English “prophet”
& an English Soldier
& a French Soldier

Katie Nichols
An English Attendant
& an English Soldier

Mattie Gelaude
An English Attendant
& a Citizen of Angiers
& an English Messenger
& a French Soldier

Nathan Klaus
Philip Faulconbridge, also known as The Bastard and Sir Richard Plantagenet, the illegitimate son of Richard I of England and Lady Faulconbridge

Tracy Skaggs
Robert Faulconbridge, legitimate son of the deceased Sir Robert and Lady Faulconbridge
& Duke of Austria, an ally of Queen Philippa of France

Alaina Pascarella
Lady Faulconbridge, Philip’s and Robert’s mother
& Cardinal Pandulph, representative of Pope Innocent III

Denise Yoder
Queen Philippa of France

Cole McFarren
Louis the Dauphin, her son

Mischa Hooker
Chatillion, a French Nobleman and Ambassador to King John
& Langton, the Archbishop of Canterbury

Jessica White
Constance, wife of Geoffrey the deceased son of Henry II of England

Joe Brune
Arthur, her son, nephew of King John, claimant to the throne of England

Angela Rathman
Hubert, a Citizen of Angiers and later supporter of the English cause

The Crew

Director: Kate Farence
Assistant Director: Payton Brasher
Stage Manager: Liz Sager
Fight Choreographer: Aaron E. Sullivan
Fight Master: Payton Brasher
Set Design: Kate Farence
Set Construction: Payton Brasher, Kate Farence, Andrew Lord, Elizabeth Woolley, Denise Yoder, and Tom Sallak
Set Painting: Catherine Bodenbender, Kate Farence, Nathan Klaus, Alaina Pascarella, and Liz Sager
Sound and Lights: Elizabeth and Justin Hager
Sound and Light Board Operator: Andrew Bruning and Liz Sager
Props: Angela Rathman, Denise Yoder, and THE CAST
Costumes: Kate Farence, Angela Rathman, Denise Yoder, and THE CAST
Artistic Director and Producer: Catherine Bodenbender
Front of House: Catherine Bodenbender

Special Thanks

Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House
Tyson Danner
Aimee and Josh Ford
Quad Cities Theatre Workshop

King John Is Coming…

Betrayal. Bloodshed. Bastards.

Prenzie Players present William Shakespeare’s King John, the story of England’s maniacal monarch and his violent pursuit of power – by whatever means necessary.

Directed by Kate Farence

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Ticket Prices:
$10 – 24 hrs in advance
$15 – walk up

Email –
Voicemail – 563-484-4210
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General Admittance – Doors open at 7:30pm

Show Dates:
Opening Night – Friday, Apr 20 at 8 pm
Saturday, Apr 21 at 8 pm
Bob’s Matinee – Sunday, Apr 22 at 3 pm

Thursday, Apr 26 at 8 pm
Friday, Apr 27 at 8 pm
Saturday, Apr 28 at 8 pm

Help Prenzie Players with Amazon Smile

Did you know about Amazon Smile? You can help raise funds for Prenzie Players when you use Amazon, through the Amazon Smile program! Although the special promotion (March 12 and March 31, when the benefit was tripled from the usual, for the first eligible purchase), you can still help out in this way!

How To Help

Navigate to when shopping, rather than the main front page. Search for “Prenzie Players” and set us as your preferred charity, and Amazon will contribute 0.5% of your  purchase to Prenzie Players, at no cost to you. [More info here.] Keep in mind that while Amazon Smile will remember the charity you select, it will not benefit the charity unless you begin a given session at!

Capital Campaign

Meanwhile, don’t forget the ongoing Prenzie capital campaign to help fund All the Works | Seasons of Discontent! Visit the campaign website to contribute directly and be a part of the future of Prenzie Players!

Shakespeare Play in Just One Day: A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Aaron Sullivan, Maggie Woolley and Mike King
We did it! On the evening of Jan. 19, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was randomly selected, cast, and read through. On the 20th, after rehearsing in the morning, afternoon, and evening, we mounted the production. The event was a resounding success, and officially kicked off the “All the Works | Seasons of Discontent” capital campaign. Visit the campaign page to be a part of Prenzie’s future!
Mattie Gelaude and Beth Woolley

[More photos on Facebook!]

Are the Players ready? Auditions for The Revenger’s Tragedy.


Are the players ready? The Prenzie Players present: auditions for The Revenger’s Tragedy, written by Thomas Middleton and directed by Matt Moody.

“Vindici’s betrothed was murdered by the Duke for refusing his advances. Vindici has returned home to seek revenge, on the Duke and all of his corrupt family. He will use anything or anyone in this pursuit. The Revenger’s tragedy is a classic story on the true cost of vengeance told with depth, blood and dark humor.”

Thursday, April 7th at 6pm
Saturday, April 9th at 12pm
Sunday, April 10th at 12pm (Callbacks)

Where: The Establishment, 22019th St, Rock Island.

There is no need to bring anything with you or prepare anything in advance. You must only be prepared to read from the script and have a good time! Everyone is welcome!

SPEAK THE SPEECH Workshop: Saturday, May 9

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Reserve your spot at our Speak the Speech Workshop! It's a great time for people of all ages, body types, and experience levels. Have fun doing classic theater "warm-up" exercises (including tongue-twisters!), learn how to read Shakespeare's language, and--best of all--"perform" with the class without the pressure of an audience.

Sign up now! Preregistration saves you 50% on the enrollment cost and it only takes a minute!

Note: please complete one registration request for each person who will attend, even if the contact information remains the same.
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The Dames Return!

The Dames of Denmark in Hamlet
Prenzie Players is excited to be hosting The Dames of Denmark: four talented actresses (perennial Prenzies Cait Bodenbender, Stephanie Burrough, Maggie Woolley, and Denise Yoder) who will each play multiple roles in one memorable production.
For one weekend only, these remarkable women will be bringing you an original edit of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet:
November 21-23 at the QC Theatre Workshop. (Reserve Now!)

In addition to the show, please join us on Saturday, November 22, for a special fundraising event. “Prenzie: Past and Present” will take a look at our past through photos, props, and costumes from past shows. To see what Prenzie is up to in the present, you will also have the opportunity to catch a sneak glimpse of the rest of Season 13 as Prenzie Goes to Rome! Doors open at 6:00 with curtain at 8pm. Come enjoy wine and cheese and chat with us about our past and present. The evening will be led by Cait Bodenbender, a founding member of Prenzie Players and the Dames of Denmark. If you choose not to attend the fundraiser doors are at 730pm. (Reserve Now!)

You will find us at the Quad City Theatre Workshop, 1730 Wilkes Ave, Davenport, IA.
Parking is available just off Locust St. on the west side of the Institute of Therapeutic Massage and Wellness. The lot is accessed by turning south on Howell. Proceed half a block and turn left to enter the fenced parking area.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain. Tickets: $10 on Friday/Sunday and $20 for Saturday’s fundraiser, curtain at 3pm on Sunday and 8pm on Friday/Saturday. Tickets are available at the door, by email at, by phone (563) 484-4210, or right here on our website. Seating is limited.

Season 13 Auditions!

We will be holding auditions for both William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Antony & Cleopatra. You are welcome to audition for one or both shows. Additionally, because there are a few characters that appear in both Julius Caesar AND Antony & Cleopatra, the actors who portray these characters will be cast in both shows. A truly unique experience!


Thursday, September 18th 6:00pm
Saturday, September 20th 2:00pm
Sunday, September 21st 4:00pm (Callbacks)


The Quad City Theatre Workshop
1730 Wilkes Ave.
Davenport, IA

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Directed by Tracy Skaggs
Show Dates: January 23, 24, 25 and 29, 30, 31

Antony & Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
Directed by Kate Farence
Show Dates: May 1, 2, 3 and 7, 8, 9

There is no need to bring anything with you or prepare a speech in advance. You may bring a monologue if you like, but it isn’t necessary. Just be prepared to read from the script and have fun! Feel free to share this event with whomever you’d like. All ages, genders, shapes, sizes, and levels of experience are welcome.

What if I can’t make it to these audition dates?

Please email to make other arrangements

High School Verse Workshop

Prenzie Players Educational Outreach Presents!

 A Verse and Scene Workshop for High School Students: A Shakespeare Focus

Have you always been a bit intimidated by Shakespeare or want to work on your “classical monologue” for college auditions? Prenzie Players is offering the opportunity to approach Shakespeare’s language by taking part in group activities by exploring the text through discussion and group improvisation in a friendly, relaxed and informal setting.

We are excited to offer our first educational workshop geared exclusively towards high school students with all levels of experience.

Please join us on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at QC Theatre Workshop, 1730 Wilkes Ave, Davenport, IA from 9am-12pm for only $10.

If you have any questions please contact us at or check us out on the web at