Henry VI, part 1

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Zanne Gerrard

About the Play

“This brawl today… shall send, between the red rose and the white, a thousand souls to death and deadly night.”

England is weakened by the death of Henry V as war breaks out in France. Joan of Arc, savior of the French, leads a rebellion against the English and battles with England’s Lord Talbot as he attempts to protect the legacy of his late king. Back in England, power struggles for control of the throne ignite the bloody conflict that will blossom into the Wars of the Roses. Allegiances are made, battle lines are drawn, and wars are fought, but only one man gets to wear the crown.

This is the first chapter in Shakespeare’s Wars of the Roses, which ends with Richard III, and the fifth installment of the History plays, which GreenStage began in 2017 with Richard II.


** NOTE – In theatre, as in real life, things happen. Cast member Daniel Wood (shown in photos above) is unable to continue with the production as he recovers from a knee injury. This determination was made after the printing of our physical program. We’d like to thank the actors listed below for taking on additional or different roles, as noted below in bolded blue text. Some actors may be carrying scripts onstage, and you may see our stage manager, Biz Hillenbrand, acting as a “script squire”. We wish Daniel a speedy recovery! 

Garth Ball – King Henry VI, John Talbot
Mary Murfin Bayley – Duke of Gloucester
Steven Davis – Duke of Alençon, Earl of Suffolk
Matthew Gilbert – Lord Talbot
Lesley Gordon – Bastard of Orleans, Earl of Warwick/Duke of Exeter
Aubrey Sara Kaye – Somerset, Bedford, Margaret
David S. Klein – Bishop of Winchester, Sir William Lucy
Nelson Niu – Richard Plantagenet, Duke of Burgundy
Kaysy Ostrom – Earl of Salisbury, Reignier, Vernon
Ariel Rose – Joan de Pucelle
Jean E. Sitte – Charles King of France, Basset



Biz Hillenbrand – Stage Manager, Script Squire
Elizabeth Power – Costumer Designer
John Lynch – Fight Choreographer
Rose Palmieri – Assistant Director Intern
Alyssa Kay – Intimacy Director