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Rogue Shakespeare announces staged reading of The Devil’s Charter

Rogue Shakespeare, the 2013-2014 MFA company of Mary Baldwin College’s Shakespeare and Performance program, in association with the American Shakespeare Center, announced the third in a series of four staged readings.

theater-masks2The Devil’s Charter, written in 1607 by Barnabe Barnes, will be performed at the Blackfriars Playhouse on Monday, Jan. 13th at 8:00 pm. Admission is free with donations accepted.

Directed by Mary Beth Geppert and featuring the talents of S&P faculty Matt Davies, Doreen Bechtol, and Ralph Alan Cohen, The Devil’s Charter depicts the life and death of Pope Alexander VI.  Influenced by Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus, (which Rogue Shakespeare will perform January 27-28), the play begins with Cardinal Roderigo Borgia signing a pact with the Devil in order to become Pope but he fails to read the fine print.

In another link to Rogue Shakespeare’s season, the play was performed in repertory with Macbeth (the touring show) before King James I in 1608.  With a feature unusual for the period, extensive stage directions, this staged reading will have an emphasis on the “staged” aspect with actors entering and exiting instead of  a traditional “reading” with the  players all remaining onstage.

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