By: William Shakespeare

BWBTC and an all-female cast present Shakespeare’s tale of a newly-anointed ruler with a lot to atone for…and a lot to prove.

About the Show

What makes a king?

Ascending the throne of England after the death of his father, young Henry V faces suspicion from within his country and pressure from without. Hoping to unite his kingdom and ensure its future security, he embarks on a risky campaign to conquer France. The odds are against him… but will his people rally around him? And when two rival nations each claim the God-given right to rule the other, will human determination be enough to win the day?

WHERE City Lit Theater
1020 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago
2nd Floor, Edgewater Presbyterian Church
WHEN February 18 – April 1, 2017
SHOWTIMES Thursdays, Fridays
and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm
PREVIEWS February 18, 19, 24, 25, 26
PRESS OPENING Monday, February 27 at 8:00pm
CLOSING NIGHT Saturday, April 1 at 8:00pm

This production uses realistic staged violence in the telling of the story.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Hayley Rice*

Kim Fukawa*

* Denotes BWBTC Ensemble Member

***Ticket sales end 3 hours before curtain. Seats may still be available even if it says no longer available.***

3/30 – 4/1 BWBTC will be collecting funds in support of The Viola Project. Using the works of William Shakespeare, The Viola Project unites and empowers girls from diverse backgrounds across Chicago.

PLAYWRIGHT: William Shakespeare

DIRECTOR: Hayley Rice*


CAST: Diana Coates (Henry), Catherine Dvorak* (Pistol/French King), Delia Ford* (Exeter/Quickly), Kim Fukawa* (Bardolph/Warwick), Samantha Kaufman (Dauphin/Westmoreland), Gaby Labotka (Gloucester/Hartfleur), Morgan Manasa* (Ely/Fluellen), Jennifer L. Mickelson* (Canterbury/Gower), Chelsea Rolfes (Chorus/Alice), Alexis Randolph (Nym/Montjoy), Alison Vodnoy Wolf (Catherine/Boy), Emily Green (Understudy), Rachel Mock (Understudy)

STAFF: Elyse Balogh (Scenic Design), Lara Caprini (Stage Manager), Kim Fukawa* (Violence Design), Carrie Hardin (Dialect Coach), Alex “Dizzy” Hutson (Technical Director), Scott Leaton (Props Design), Matthew Reich (Sound Design), Dustin Spence (Production Manager), Rachel Sypniewski (Costume Design), Andrea Trygstad (Lighting Design)

* = BWBTC ensemble member

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! – “The all-female Babes With Blades Theatre Company delivers a smart, stirring rendition of Shakespeare’s historical drama about England’s Henry V…. Hayley Rice’s bare-bones, low-budget, high-energy staging (with fight choreography by Kim Fukawa) captures the juxtaposition of rousing action, rough comedy, and poetic philosophizing that characterizes this great play…. Diana Coates is a charismatic, commanding Henry, ably supported by a ten-woman ensemble in multiple roles (their lightning-fast costume changes are as impressive as their wordplay and swordplay). Alison Vodnoy Wolf, a Chicago theater newcomer recently arrived from Cincinnati, is especially charming as Henry’s French bride, Catherine of Valois, in the comic bilingual courtship scene that climaxes the play.” – Chicago Reader