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Henry IV, Part 1

Michael will be performing at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival as Henry in Henry IV, Part 1 by Shakespeare. The play will open on June 22nd and will run through July 10th.

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

The Plot

Director: Patrick Mulcahy
Production Sponsor: Dr. & Mrs. Frank J. Szarko
Production Co-Sponsor: Kathleen Kund Nolan and Timothy Nolan
Actor Sponsor: Lee and Dolly Butz

The irrepressible Falstaff, the prodigal Prince Hal, and the rebellious Hotspur navigate the shifting sands of allegiance in King Henry IV’s England. Honor is at stake as commoners and kings, politics and power collide in Shakespeare’s popular and richly complex history play. From the raucous hilarity of the Boar’s Head Tavern to the valor and gravity of the battlefield, Prince Hal strives to emerge as the next great ruler of this “sceptered isle."


06.22. 8pm [preview]
06.23. 8pm [preview]
06.24. 8pm [opening]
06.25. 8pm
06.26. 2pm and 7.30pm
06.28. 8pm
06.29. 8pm
06.30. 8pm
07.01. 8pm
07.02. 2pm and 8pm
07.03. 2pm
07.05. 8pm
07.06. 8pm
07.07. 8pm
07.08. 8pm
07.09. 2pm and 8pm
07.10. 2pm

PSF Presents Award Winning Artists for 2005

May 17, 2005

PSF Presents Award Winning Artists for 2005 - Actors from New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Las Vegas Converge in Center Valley for PSF's 14th Season

This year's Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival company includes winners and nominees for the Tony, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Barrymore and Joseph Jefferson Awards. "Actors, directors and theatre artists from major cities around the country are converging in Center Valley this summer to produce some of the best plays ever written,"says Producing Artistic Director Patrick Mulcahy.

The season features: Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I (June 22- July 10) and The Merchant of Venice (July 20-August 7) Molière's The Imaginary Invalid (June 8-July 3), a stage adaptation of Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days (July 13-August 7), and The Little Mermaid (June 3- August 6).

Garnering a Drama Desk Award for Best Supporting Actor in the original Broadway production of Sweeney Todd directed by Harold Prince, and starring Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou, Ken Jennings recently completed a three-year run on Broadway as a member of the original cast of Urinetown, the Tony award winning musical starring John Cullum. For PSF this summer, Mr. Jennings will portray one of Shakespeare's most compelling antagonists, Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice.

An award winning set designer for both television and stage, Bob Phillips returns to PSF to design Around the World in 80 Days, The Imaginary Invalid, and The Little Mermaid. As designer for Sesame Street he just won his fourth Emmy Award last weekend, and his stage designs have received Outer Critics Circle and Villager awards.

The leading role of Prince Hal, the troublesome son of the King in Henry IV, Part 1, will be performed by Scott Parkinson, a veteran of 16 productions at the renowned Chicago Shakespeare Festival. Winner of the prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award for best supporting actor -- The 'Jeff Awards' recognize excellence in Chicago's Equity theatre -- he also has credits at the prestigious Old Globe Theatre and Mark Taper Forum.

Even prior to the introduction of Philadelphia's Barrymore Awards, PSF was hiring actors who have since earned nominations and won. Ian Merrill Peakes, a two-time Barrymore winner, returns to PSF to play Hotspur in Henry IV, Part 1. Barrymore winner and PSF veteran Greg Wood will play the world wanderer Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days. Award-winning costume designer Janus Stefanowicz will design Henry IV, Part 1.

Other Broadway veterans appearing at PSF this summer include Gannon McHale and Allen Fitzpatrick. Mr. McHale, whose Broadway credits include James Joyce's The Dead and The Sound of Music, will be featured in Henry IV, Part 1. Mr. Fitzpatrick performed in Les Misérables on Broadway as well as 42nd Street, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Damn Yankees; he will portray Antonio, the merchant of The Merchant of Venice.

Many highly-esteemed actors from past PSF seasons are returning as well. Michael Tylo, successful star of television (The Young and the Restless and The Guiding Light), film, and stage, will portray the title role of the King in Henry IV, Part I. Other audience favorites also returning are: Christopher Patrick Mullen, Eric Hissom, Ian Bedford, Carl Wallnau, and H. Michael Walls.

Season tickets and single tickets for all shows are now available. Season ticket prices range from $80 to $128 and offer subscribers the greatest discounts and flexibility. Single ticket prices range from $24 to $37. Discounts are available for seniors, students, and groups. Tickets can be ordered by calling 610-282 WILL or online at www.pashakespeare.org.

The 2005 Associate Season Sponsors are: The Morning Call, The Harry C. Trexler Trust, and Service Electric Cable TV and Communications.

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University is the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth and a professional, not-for-profit theatre company. An independent 501 c 3 organization, PSF receives support from DeSales University and relies on contributions from individuals, government agencies, corporations and foundations. PSF is a constituent of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, and a member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America.

The Bard: Livin' Large

June 9th, 2005
By Diana Morse
Special to The Morning Call

Pa. Shakespeare Festival a buffet of timeless drama and comedy

"To go or not to go." Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's producing artistic director says that should not be a question.

That's because Patrick Mulcahy, believing that it takes good actors to make great Shakespeare, has retained top-flight performers for this season's productions of "Henry IV, Part I" and "The Merchant of Venice" at the Labuda Center at DeSales University.

"So much about performing good Shakespeare is hiring the best actors possible," he says, noting that the company includes Drama Desk, Tony, Emmy and Barrymore nominees and winners.

Mulcahy's belief is rooted in experience. He recalls when he covered the part of Prince Hal 18 years ago in the Central Park Shakespeare Festival's production of "Henry IV." "Our director was Joe Papp, and Angela Bassett was in the cast. Some of us had a running joke: Henry 4, Shakespeare 0. We didn't completely understand it even then, and we knew it."

That kind of respect for the Bard's work is the driving force behind Mulcahy's careful selection of actors. In particular, he is excited about Ken Jennings (the actor, not the all-time big-money winner from "Jeopardy") who will portray Shylock, the wealthy money lender in "Merchant," to be directed by Robert Moss. Most recently, Jennings was an original cast member of the Tony-winning Broadway hit, "Urinetown."

"When Ken auditioned, nobody in the room breathed," Mulcahy says. "He captured the tragic, sad, and also funny characteristics of [Shylock]." Afterward, Mulcahy recalls saying to those helping conduct the auditions, "Now, that's why I go to the theater."

Another notable performer is Michael Tylo, last seen in 1996 as Iago in "Othello." This season Tylo will play King Henry in "Henry IV," which Mulcahy will direct. Tylo's credits include TV dramas such as "General Hospital," "The Guiding Light," "The Young and the Restless" and "All My Children."

Mulcahy is also excited to have veteran Shakespearean actor John Ahlin as Falstaff, the foil to Tylo's Henry. "Falstaff is known for being one of the most-loved Shakespearean characters to watch," Mulcahy notes, even though Falstaff is treacherous, cowardly and unethical. "But he's so funny!" Mulcahy laughs, slapping the arm of his chair for emphasis. "That wit is incredible, that ability to evade when necessary, even his facial expressions …" Mulcahy's enthusiasm for the character hints that even stories of contemporary foils such as Ken Lay of Enron might become popular 400 years from now.

Two non-Shakespearean plays — Moliere's "The Imaginary Invalid" and Mark Brown's adaptation of Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days" — also will be staged at the festival. Seasoned actors are featured, including Greg Wood, who appeared in films "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs" and TV's "Law & Order" and returns to portray lead character Phileas Fogg in "80 Days."

The Shakespeare productions will be staged in Labuda's 473-seat Main Stage Theatre; "Invalid" and "80 Days" at the smaller, 190-seat Arena Theatre.

The children's show is "The Little Mermaid." And the Renaissance-inspired Green Show, which is free and open to the public, will be presented once again on the lawn in front of the theater one hour before each evening performance.

DeSales' theater interns produce the Green Show and the children's production, and round out the casts of "80 Days" and "Invalid."

"The Little Mermaid," Linda Daugherty's adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's tale, is running concurrently with "Invalid." "The Little Mermaid" opened June 3; "Invalid" is now in previews and opens Friday.

"It isn't easy to run two shows in the same theater," explains Emmy award-winning designer Bob Phillips, whose work graces the sets for both shows. "The crew at times has just over an hour to completely break the daytime set for 'Little Mermaid' and set up for the evening production of 'Invalid."'

Phillip's set for "Invalid," including a custom-made sofa and a grand piano, is built to last. Phillips also designed "The Little Mermaid's" sea characters, including evil two-faced eels and a Sea Witch that alarmed Mulcahy. "He told me to soften it up a bit so that the children wouldn't be scared," Phillips laughs.

Complicated logistics aside, it all returns to the skills of the actors, according to Mulcahy. "One of the best things about ['Around the World'] is that five actors play all 34 characters," he confides, grinning. "Phileas Fogg is played by a single actor, but one plays two roles, and the woman who travels with them plays a couple of men," Mulcahy adds. "One actor plays 17 roles — they don't even try to hide it!"

Returning to "Henry IV," Mulcahy believes that the historical drama contains important messages for contemporary audiences. "'Henry IV, Part I' was the 'Star Wars' of its time," Mulcahy says, noting that Part I, like "Henry IV, Part II" and "Henry V," were written to stand alone. "Shakespeare asks us to consider profound questions: What is a leader? What is the appropriate way to become a leader? 'Henry IV' is an exploration of man's navigation of chaos and order. This play — all of the plays — are as relevant now as when they were written. They are about us.

"Henry IV is considered required viewing for those new to Shakespeare, and continues to be enjoyed by those who have seen the show several times," he says.

Several times?

"Good Shakespeare is not boring," Mulcahy insists, adding that it's no accident that we still produce his works 400 years after his death. "[Laurence] Olivier said we do it because we still haven't reached all the depths of [Shakespeare's] works. He's still ahead of us, and we're just trying to catch up."

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Some fatherly tips from King Henry, er, Michael Tylo

June 23rd, 2005
By Myra Yellin Outwater
Special to The Morning Call

This is the first time in nine years that actor Michael Tylo spent Father's Day away from his family. But Tylo says doing Shakespeare is an actor's dream and that's why he agreed to come East to play the title role in "Henry IV, Part 1," now playing at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University.

Tylo has had a long career in Hollywood and on television soaps such as "The Young and the Restless" and "The Guiding Light." He now lives in Las Vegas, where he teaches film and stage acting at the University of Las Vegas.

"Shakespeare is like the pinnacle for an actor," says Tylo, looking very regal in his newly grown beard. "Shakespeare is physical, intellectual and arduous. Many actors think it is easier than it is, which is why so many fail. But live theater is where I started, and since I have been teaching, I owe it to my students to keep current. There is nothing like Shakespeare to recharge your batteries and get back into acting. I learn so much from the rehearsal process. The actual performance is my reward."

Tylo says he particularly relishes the idea of playing the king, who is both a warrior and a father. The father of four — he has two sons, ages 17 and 24, and two daughters, ages 8 and 7 — says he thinks it is particularly appropriate at his age to be playing Henry.

"I am old enough now to understand the kinds of conflicts between fathers and sons," says Tylo. "As a father you want the best for your sons and daughters. You want to encourage without pushing them. This father is very conflicted, and his heir, Prince Hal, has been galavanting around the country with Falstaff. He knows that his is a dysfunctional family. It isn't until Act 3, Scene 2, that you get a sense of his feelings about what it means to be both a king and a father."

Tylo says he gives his students insight into the difference between preparing for the stage and preparing for a film role.

"Jimmy Cagney once said that to be a successful film actor you have to learn your lines, plant your feet, look at the other guy and tell the truth. In films you do your homework, learn your lines and then you get one shot at playing the roles. In the theater it's a constantly evolving process. You begin with one interpretation of your role and it keeps evolving through rehearsals."

This is Tylo's second show with the festival. In 1996, he starred as Iago in "Othello." Tylo was also instrumental in setting up the film department at DeSales University. In 1995 he was asked by festival founder Rev. Gerard Schubert to create the curriculum and recruit students for its classes.

Back at DeSales, Tylo is engaging in a reunion with an old friend. While a graduate student at Wayne State University, Tylo became friends with Wayne Turney, who plays Argan in "The Imaginary Invalid," which runs through July 3. Another classmate was the Shakespeare festival's artistic director, Dennis Razze. Tylo and Turney were in the MFA graduate acting program. Razze was in the MFA directing program. All three were members of the Hilberry Company, a group of graduate students who produced seven productions a year in rotating repertory. Turney has just been named associate professor of theater in the Performing and Fine Arts Department at DeSales.

"Henry IV, Part I," previews 8 p.m. today and opens 8 p.m. Friday, then runs 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through July 3; also 7:30 p.m. June 26 and 2 p.m. July 2 and 9, DeSales University, Labuda Center for the Arts, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley. Tickets: $24-$37. 610-282-WILL, http://www.pashakespeare.org.

In Person

October 13, 2005
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I had the opportunity to see Michael Tylo [ex-Quint, GL; ex-Blade/Rick, Y&R et al] on stage once again at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival in Center Valley, PA. This year, he appeared as King Henry in King Henry IV Part 1. His performance was riveting, bringing the same strength to the character on the stage as he brought to his characters on YOUNG AND RESTLESS and GUIDING LIGHT. Shakespeare is not the easiest to understand, let alone perform. Michael and the entire cast brought the play to life for the audience, helping us to understand the dynamics of the relationships. There were many younger members of the audience, my 12-year-old son included, who were absolutely fascinated. Kudos to Michael and his fellow thespians who continue to bring Shakespeare to our community!

J.S.K, Bethlehem, PA


Michael Tylo as Duke of Norfolk in A Man For All Seasons in 2005 Michael Tylo as King Henry in Henry IV in 2005 Michael Tylo as King Henry in Henry IV in 2005