This "Henry 5" is performed by
the mysterious 'Henry,' a street vendor of the ilk currently selling Iraqi
playing cards. He uses rough media, simple objects, a Balinese shadow
screen, and overhead projector and plastic soldiers bought at 99 Cent
Stores to render Shakespeare's epic.
Thaddeus Phillips's La MaMa solo shows include a puppet version of "King
Lear" drawn out of a suitcase, "The Tempest" while splashing
in a children's swimming pool, and "Lost Soles," a saga of a
tap dancer who escapes the mob by fleeing to Cuba and gets stuck there
during Castro's takeover. He also staged and appeared in "The Filament
Cycle," a two-character multimedia play in which a woman fleeing
from the Balkan wars encounters an American film artist intent on shooting
disasters. His last production, "The Earth's Sharp Edge," was
a large cast play exploring our fears of terrorism and Extreme Islam.
Director Tatiana Mallarino, originally from Bogota, Colombia, brings
her own experience of surviving the Panama Invasion to "Henry 5."
She created the role of Leila Khaled in Phillips' "The Earth's Sharp
Edge" last Spring.