King John is very rarely performed, but it has some of Shakespeare's most interesting characters. Little Arthur is heartbreaking, Phillip the Bastard is positively dreamy, and John is pretty darned pathetic.
For those of you who saw "Shakespeare's Case," you may recognize the beautiful grief speech that Nan Gurley performed ("grief fills the room up of my absent child"). It's one of Constance's in Act III iv.
Another wonderful aspect of this play is that it is written in 100 percent verse! It should come trippingly on our tongues!
See you at the downtown library at 1p on Saturday! =Denice