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Henry V

Mobile Unit presents
HENRY V

Obie Award-winning director Robert O'Hara (BootycandyThe Brother/Sister Plays (Part 2)) brings a warring King and his band of brothers to communities throughout New York with the Mobile Unit's spring production of HENRY V.

Insulted by the regent of France, Britain's King Henry V (Zenzi Williams) decides to wage war and claim the throne across the Channel. Resonating over the centuries, wherever there may be a kingdom for a stage and royalty to act, Shakespeare's drama about invasion, ego, and leadership delves into history's thorniest questions: What makes a person worthy of wearing the crown, and what do they owe the people they lead? But this time, our King is played with startling freshness by an African-American actress, unearthing new meaning to our little touch of Henry, as our King makes his way through this bloody campaign.

This production is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission.

Featuring Michael Bradley Cohen (Canterbury/Dauphin/Chorus), Leland Fowler (Scroop/William-Bates/Chorus), Patrice Johnson (Montjoy/Chorus), Carolyn Kettig (Katharine/Cambridge/Chorus), Ariel Shafir (Westmoreland/Constable/Chorus), David Ryan Smith (Exeter/Governor/Chorus), Joe Tapper (French King/French Queen/Chorus), Zenzi Williams (Henry/Chorus),and Kim Wong (Alice/Grey/Chorus).

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After its tour of the five boroughs, Mobile Unit will return to The Public's downtown home at 425 Lafayette Street for a free sit-down run.

Henry V Performance Dates

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Mobile Unit will tour community centers and other venues throughout the five boroughs of New York giving free performances of HENRY V. Performance venues and dates may be found below.

The following venues are FREE and open to the public during the Mobile Unit Tour, March 29 to April 21:

Thursday, March 29 at 7pm—Manhattan
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

Tuesday, April 3 at 1pm—Queens
Roy Wilkins Recreation Center
177 St. & Baisley Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens

Friday, April 6 at 7pm—Manhattan
New York Public Library For The Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

Monday, April 9 at 6:30pm—Queens
Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

Wednesday, April 11 at 11:30am—Brooklyn
Brownsville Recreation Center
1555 Linden Blvd
RSVP to vivian.jett@parks.nyc.gov

Saturday, April 14 at 1pm—Bronx
Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center
3225 Reservoir Oval East, Bronx, NY 10467
RSVP to bronxacf@parks.nyc.gov

Thursday, April 19 at 7:30pm—Manhattan
St. Paul’s Chapel
209 Broadway, New York, NY 10007
RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/stpaulshakes

Friday, April 20 at 6:30pm—Manhattan
Pelham Fritz Recreation Center
18 Mount Morris Park West, New York, NY 10027
RSVP to artsculturefun@parks.nyc.gov

Saturday, April 21 at 1pm—Staten Island
Faber Park Field House
Richmond Terrace & Faber St, Staten Island, NY 10301
RSVP to benny.adorno@parks.nyc.gov

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The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit is a reinvention of Joseph Papp’s “Mobile Theater,” which began in 1957. Papp’s original touring company evolved into the New York Shakespeare Festival, and ultimately became The Public Theater.

All of it was built on a simple idea: Culture belongs to everyone.

This idea remains at the heart of The Public Theater’s work to this day. And our Mobile Unit still takes this mission out to the communities across New York City, providing free performances to all.

The Mobile Unit presents free Shakespeare to prisons, homeless shelters, and community centers throughout New York’s boroughs. Over the years, the Mobile Unit has served thousands of audiences with critically acclaimed productions. In addition to the community tour, each Mobile Unit show “sits down” at The Public Theater’s Astor Place home to perform for Public audiences and community organizations from all over the city.

Past Mobile Unit tour venues have included Rikers Island, The Fortune Society, Park Avenue Armory Women’s Shelter, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Community Centers throughout the City, Charlotte’s Place, Borden Avenue Veteran’s Shelter, and Crossroads Juvenile Detention Center.

Recent Mobile Unit productions include Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, Measure for Measure, Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, and Macbeth.

Mobile Unit is made possible with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon FoundationThe Rockefeller FoundationThe Ford FoundationStavros Niarchos FoundationThe Tow FoundationThe Herbert McLaughlin Children's CLUTBloomberg Philanthropies, and JetBlue Airways . Additional support provided by Susan & David Edelstein and The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City CouncilThe Philip and Janice Levin Foundation provides lead support for The Public’s access and engagement programming. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.