The Hudson Shakespeare Company's production of the "Lost Shakespeare" play "Cardenio" which is part of the 9th annual “Bard on the Boulevard” series at David Brearly High School football field, 401 Monroe Avenue, Kenilworth. This performance will take place on Thursday, August 16 at 7:30 p.m. Performances are free and in case of rain, the performance will be moved to the Kenilworth Library, 546 Boulevard, Kenilworth. Patrons are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket
This production is an adaptation of a play "Double Falsehood" said to be penned by Shakespeare and his protoge John Fletcher. Based on a subplot from Cervantes' "Don Quixote", the play follows young lovers Cardenio (David Rosenberg) and Luscinda (Noelle Fair) as they attempt to get their fathers' permission to get married. Cardenio's good friend, the ever promiscuous Fernando (Michael Hagins) loves and leaves a maid he promised to marry named Dorotea (Melissa Meli) and lusts after Luscinda instead. The sometime friends valiantly duel, madness ensues, parents worry, comic cross dressing, a bit with some sheep and other chases ensue on a swashbuckling adventure through the Andalusia area of Spain.
Funding for “The Bard on the Boulevard” has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. The Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce has also signed on as a platinum sponsor for this series.
For more information about the Kenilworth Public Library can be found at kenilworthlibrary.org or by calling 908-276-2451 during regular library hours. Information about The Hudson Shakespeare Company can be found at hudsonshakespeare.homestead.com. All are welcome.