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Players beckon Becket to P.A.

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Jean Anouilh’s powerful and moving drama “Becket” comes to Port Angeles for two weekends.

 

Vaguely similar to the 1964 Peter O’Toole and Richard Burton film, the drama is presented by the Port Angeles Community Players for free, with donations accepted.

 

The play centers on King Henry II of England’s relationship with his friend and soon-to-be enemy Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

 

Director John Manno leads Zachery Luke King Moorman as Becket and Sean Peck-Collier as King Henry II.

 

Anouilh’s gripping play uses the historical events leading up to Becket’s famous murder in 1170 in his own cathedral by Norman barons as a metaphor for his profound philosophical and political views.

 

While not historically accurate, by Anouilh’s choice, the complex drama might mirror today asking about morality and power.

 

The cast includes Amy Meyer as Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry’s wife; Anna Unger as Gwendolyn, Becket’s mistress; Lola Hassan-Adams as Queen Maud of England, Henry’s mother; Ean Henninger as King Louis VII of France; Tim Macausland as Gilbert Folliot, Bishop of London; and Daniel Iredale and Robert Stephens in various supporting roles.

 

The play is not suitable for children.

 

“Becket” runs at 7:30 p.m. July 26-27, Aug. 2-3; 2 p.m. July 28 and Aug. 4., at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse, 1203 S. Laurel St, Port Angeles.

 

For more information, call 452-6651.

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