Rose Adds Live Theatre to HD Simulcasts

This from our friend Rocky Friedman at the Rose Theatre in Port Townsend:

As the Rose Theatre prepares to begin its third season of High Definition Live and Encore simulcasts from the Metropolitan Opera on Oct. 10 with Puccini’s “Tosca,” it is expanding its innovative programming with High Definition plays from the National Theatre in London.

This inaugural season of NT Live began in June 2009 with “Phèdre,” starring Helen Mirren.  The Rose will be presenting two, time-delayed presentations of each remaining play in the 2009/2010 National Theatre season.

October 17 and 31 at 11 a.m.: William Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well.” The feisty but lowly Helena falls in love with Bertram, a haughty count.  To gain his hand she is set on a string of impossible tasks.  Even if accomplished, they can hardly guarantee his love.  Set against a background of sexism, snobbery and a battle between the generations, Shakespeare’s wondrous, bittersweet play turns fairytale logic on its head.

February 13 and 27 at 11 a.m.: “Nation,” an adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s witty and challenging adventure story.  The year is 1860, and two teenagers are thrown together by a tsunami that has destroyed Mau’s village and left Daphne shipwrecked on a South Pacific island, thousands of miles from home.  Neither speaks the other’s language; somehow they must learn to survive.  Together they come of age, overseen by a foul-mouthed parrot, as they discard old doctrine to forge a new Nation.  Suitable for 10 years and older.  World Premiere

May 2 and 8 at 11 a.m.: “The Habit of Art,” a new play by Alan Bennett.  Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, W.H. Auden.  During this imagined meeting, they are observed and interrupted by amongst others, their future biographers and a young man from the local bus station.  Bennett’s new play is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry and music.  It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, and reflects on growing old, on creativity and  persisting when all passion is  spent: and ultimately, on the habit of art.

The Rose joins the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon as the only two venues in Washington presenting NT Live.  Tickets to NT Live go on sale Oct. 7 at the Rose or at  HYPERLINK “”  General Admission $22, Seniors $20, Students and Children $16

Information: (360) 385-1039),,

More later …  — MM

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