COS to present "Edward II" to a live audience for the first time in nearly two years
For the first time in almost two years, a theatrical production in front of a live audience will occur at the College of the Siskiyous campus in Weed.
The COS Theatre Department presents "Edward II" starting on Friday and running until Dec. 11.
While the theatre department has performed two Zoom plays in the past year, getting back on stage is special during the pandemic, said director Kitty Keim, a theater instructor at the college.
"To get to come together in person again has given us all a taste of normalcy in unprecedented times," she said. "We are all so happy to have the lights on in the theatre again."
Keim started teaching and directing at COS in fall 2020, "so my whole first year was Zoom," she recalled. "It was challenging, fun, and inventive, but nothing compares to being on the stage and in the same room with the students and cast."
While working with masks presents a challenge in rehearsals, Keim said it pushed the actors to be more expressive with their movements and voice work.
"Edward II," was written by Christopher Marlowe, who was one of Shakespeare's contemporaries.
The play "depicts an amoral and ruthless political world, in which each player single-mindedly pursues their own pleasures and ambitions, with dire consequences," according to Keim in a description on the college theater's home page.
Due to adult themes, the play may not be appropriate for young viewers, the theater said.
If you go
- What: "Edward II" performances
- When: 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and Dec. 10 and 11, and 3 p.m. on Sunday
- Where: Kenneth Ford Theatre, 800 College Ave., in Weed
- Tickets: Entrance is free, but a suggestion donation of $10 is encouraged.
- Health guidelines: All college COVID protocols will be enforced, including mask-wearing indoors.
For more information, contact the theater department at email@example.com or 530-938-5206.
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