Theatre and Dance Students to Hold Staged Reading of ‘Royal Gambit’


by News Bureau on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 23, 2012 – Students in Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will hold a staged reading of the historical drama, “Royal Gambit,” written by Hermann Gressieker, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at the University’s River Campus.

The reading is student directed by Alissa Brooks of St. Charles, Mo., and is free, but donations will be accepted.

This metaphysical portrait of Henry VIII and the six women in his life contrasts this king, the epitome of a Renaissance man, with modern liberal thought. The reading concludes that humanism is dead in the 20th century. Henry remains the same throughout, but the women progress in their dress to modern times, showing their knowledge of the lasting effects of Henry’s thoughts.

A New York Times critic says “Royal Gambit” is “a compact, well written play that asks some cogent questions and provides disturbing answers.”

Dr. Rob Dillon Jr., professor of theatre and dance, is mentoring student director Brooks in the production.