Today, Taffety Punk continues its annual tradition of bootleg performances when the company plus friends gather for the one and only rehearsal of tonight’s single performance of William Shakespeare’s King John. As Folger’s box office opens at noon to distribute the night’s free tickets, the cast members, their lines memorized, director, choreographer and designers will be onstage, fashioning the play which will go up at 7pm.
Lise Bruneau will direct with Paulina Guerrero providing choreography, and music by Josh Taylor. Scott Hammar will arrive with armloads of costumes, and Chris Curtis will be improvising the lights.
The up-for-anything cast are: Daniel Flint as Cardinal Pandulph, Marcus Kyd as Louis the Dauphin, Kimberly Gilbert as Blanche of Spain, Tonya Beckman Ross as Constance, Esther Williamson as Arthur, with James Beaman, Sarah Carlson-Brown, Vincent Carlson-Brown, Robin Covington, Dan Crane, Shawn Fagan, James Flanagan, Sheila Hennessey, Eric Hissom, Jessica Lefkow, Stephen Patrick Martin, Mickey O’Sullivan, Mark Ross, Todd Scofield, Erin Sloan and Abby Wood.
Tickets available today at the Folger Theatre Box Office, from Noon until Showtime. If all tickets are distributed, they will start a queue for standing room. At Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC. Running time is expected to be around 2 hours.
To give you an idea of what they have in store, here are some scenes from last year’s bootleg, The True Noble Kinsmen.