ROSWELL, Ga. – The North Fulton Drama Club is presenting their most recent Shakespearean play, this time with a 1960s twist.
Taking a page from "Mad Men," the 1960s AMC TV show, "Henry V" will be set in 1963 in the world of New York advertising, which reflects the court politics and war tensions with France that featured in the original play. "Henry V" is a sequel to the club's past production of "Henry IV," which was set in 1956. "Henry V" follows the historical timeline from the 1950s as an analogy to Henry growing up and following his father's footsteps.
Alyssa Jackson and Thomas and Nikki Strickland chose to start this club to make Shakespearean plays more accessible to the general public.
"We want to make sure the general audience can understand Shakespeare," Jackson said, "That's why we set our productions in a relatively recent time period, so the audience can understand the characters better through the way they dress and their societal roles in the plays."
This will be the club's 10th season. In the past, it has produced several plays such as "Much Ado About Nothing," "A Midsummer's Night's Dream" and "Hamlet." It has focused on promoting its passion for Shakespearean plays and being the only outdoor theater company in Atlanta for the past seven years.
"Henry V" will be performed at Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive in Roswell, every Friday and Saturday from Sept. 27 to Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. Seating begins at 7 p.m. The matinee will be held on Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. General admissions for all performances are free with a suggested donation of $5. Reserved seating will be available.