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Henry VIII is History!

Directed by Alaina Pascarella
October 2018

“This Henry VIII is a multiangled love story with pertinent political reverberations layered in. The love, though, is not just textual; it’s a love story between director and play, between a community and the theater, and between a company of actors and Shakespeare. Henry VIII in Davenport, Iowa; that’s as it should be.”

Eric Minton, Shakespeariences

“…impromptu moments of live theatre that will be hard to repeat or forget… the Prenzie Players’ cast was all-around skilled and committed, featuring some truly remarkable women. Taken overall, Henry VIII: All Is True was a satisfying night of history come to life.”

Madeline Dudziak, River Cities’ Reader

“Admirably portrayed. The standout… is Kitty Israel as Queen Katherine, whose regal bearing imbues a royal dignity when treading the tightrope of challenging King Henry…, a righteous fury at her mistreatment, and her ultimate humiliation when Anne is elevated to queen in her place.”

Chris Hicks, Dispatch-Argus

Henry VIII flanked by his queens
Photo Credit: Mattie Gelaude

With an aging wife and no male heir, Henry VIII becomes consumed with doubt about his marriage and the future of the Tudor dynasty. What happens next would change England and the world forever. One of history’s most well-known love triangles, William Shakespeare’s Henry VIII is a story of love, lust, and political ambition.

Cardinal Wolsey
Photo Credit: Mattie Gelaude
Anne Boleyn and Henry
Photo Credit: Mattie Gelaude

Prenzie Players were pleased to welcome Eric Minton, the proprietor of, to the show as part of his plan to see all the plays in the Shakespearean canon over the course of one year. See Jonathan Turner’s Dispatch-Argus article about this project: “D.C. man in Q-C on mission to see Shakespeare plays across U.S.”

The Crown
Photo Credit: Mattie Gelaude
Henry and Anne dance with Katharine in the background
Photo Credit: Mattie Gelaude

Henry VIII program

The Cast

Kate Farence
Sir Thomas Cromwell
Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury

Joe Sager
Duke of Buckingham
Earl of Surrey, his son-in-law

Mischa Hooker
Lord Chamberlain
Griffith, Queen Katharine’s gentleman usher

John Wright
Duke of Norfolk

Michael Carron
Cardinal Wolsey

Kitty Israel
Queen Katharine

Andrew Bruning
Duke of Suffolk

Payton Brasher
King Henry VIII

Collin Jost
Sir Thomas Lovell
Cardinal Campeius

Angela Rathman
Buckingham’s Surveyor
Patience, Queen Katharine’s waiting woman
Duchess of Norfolk

Anna M. Schneider
Anne Boleyn

Liz Sager
Mary Boleyn

The Crew

Director: Alaina Pascarella
Stage Manager: Chris Sanders-Ring
Set Design: Alaina Pascarella
Set Construction: Matt Moody and THE CAST
Set Painting: Andrew Bruning, Kate Farence, Alaina Pascarella, and Collin Jost
Props: Alaina Pascarella
Costume Design: Kate Farence, Alaina Pascarella, and THE CAST
Sound Design: Justin Hager
Lighting Design: Elizabeth Hager
Sound and Light Board Operator: Devin Ring
Box Office and Front of House: Jeremy Mahr
Photography: Mattie Gelaude
Marketing Team: Mischa Hooker, Nathan Klaus (Graphic Design), & Denise Yoder
Artistic Director: Catherine Bodenbender

Special Thanks

Playcrafter’s Barn Theatre
Phil Cathoir
Elizabeth Sager “for schlepping me around”
Quad Cities Theatre Workshop

Recently Ended… Well

Prenzie Players Present: All’s Well That Ends Well
By William Shakespeare

Directed by Catherine Bodenbender
October 2017

“…a rare and fascinating concept that utilizes a tight ensemble cast in an uncommon, intimate setting. The blend results in a shrewd and industrious production of one of Shakespeare’s less-produced comedies.”
Jeff Ashcraft, River Cities Reader

Bertram leaves home, first to be a courtier to the King of France and then to be a soldier for the Duke of Florence. But he can’t seem to escape Helen, who insists that she be his wife. Does she have a rightful claim to Bertram’s heart and hand? Why does Helen continue to pursue him after he rejects her? And how far is “too far” when someone is trying to take control of their life?

Stephanie Burrough and Andy Curtiss in All's Well
Stephanie Burrough and Andy Curtiss in All’s Well
Andy Koski and Matt Moody in All's Well
Andy Koski and Matt Moody in All’s Well
Adam Lewis and Stephanie Burrough in All's Well
Adam Lewis and Stephanie Burrough in All’s Well
Mattie Gelaude and Andy Curtiss in All's Well
Mattie Gelaude and Andy Curtiss in All’s Well
Promo Poster


The Cast

Angela Rathman
The Countess of Rousillon, mother to Bertram

Andy Curtiss
Bertram, Count of Rousillon

Andy Koski
Lafeu, a French nobleman
The Duke of Florence

Stephanie Burrough-McFarren
Helen, daughter of Gerard de Narbonne

Adam Michael Lewis
Parolles, companion to Bertram

Matt Moody
The King of France
Escalus, son of the Duke of Florence

Mattie Gelaude
The Nurse to the King of France
Diana, a maiden of Florence

Nathan Klaus
Dumain, a young French nobleman

Mischa Hooker
Longeville, a young French nobleman

Beth Woolley
Rinalda, steward to the Countess of Rousillon
Berowne, a young French nobleman who joins the Duke of Florence in battle

Denise Yoder as
The Widow of Florence, mother to Diana

The Crew

Director: Catherine Bodenbender
Producer: Jake Walker
Light Designer: Jesse Mohr
Graphic Designer: Nathan Klaus
Front of House: Jeremy Mahr

Special Thanks

The Deere-Wiman House
The Butterworth Center
Aaron E. Sullivan
Lis Athas
Kitty Israel
QC Theatre Workshop


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