The Dryden Ensemble will present “Versailles Revisited” at their annual Mardi Considine Spring Concert.
"Versailles Revisited" features acclaimed actors Roberta Maxwell and Paul Hecht in a dramatic musical performance combining music from the court of Louis XIV with readings from the celebrated letters of Madame de Sévigné as well as readings from letters and memoirs written by Louis XIV, Captain d'Artagnan of the Musketeers, John Evelyn, Charles Perrault and others. The script recounts tales of court intrigues, the original d'Artagnan (Captain of the Musketeers), Louis XIV's persecution of the Protestants, and the invasion of England by William of Orange. The players will perform music for oboe, strings, and harpsichord by Jean-Baptiste Lully; keyboard solos by Louis Couperin; a chaconne and two passacailles from Marin Marais' Pièces en trio as well as his Suite in B Minor for bass viol, performed by Lisa Terry, a virtuoso player of that instrument. François Couperin's "La Piémontoise", from his collection Les Nations, is also on the program.
The Dryden Ensemble will include Jane McKinley and Julie Brye on Baroque oboe; Vita Wallace and Andrea Andros on Baroque violin; and Webb Wiggins on harpsichord.
Ms. Maxwell has appeared this season as Edna in McCarter Theatre's production of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance and with Ethan Hawke in Chekhov's Ivanhov at Classic Stage in NY, and has many performances on Broadway including Equus, Othello, and Henry V and Off-Broadway, including Stevie, Ashes (Obie Award), Mary Stuart, A Whistle in the Dark (Obie Award) and many others. Her credits include national tours of Lettuce and Lovage, and regional theater productions at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and others. She has also performed for television and in movies, including Popeye, Psycho III, Philadelphia, and others.
Mr. Hecht has performed extensively on stage, in movies, and for television. He made his debut on Broadway as the Player in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (Tony nomination 1968). Other Broadway appearances include: Night & Day with Maggie Smith, Invention of Love (Tom Stoppard), 1776 (original company), Pirandello’s Henry IV (both with Rex Harrison) and others. TV audiences may recognize him from his appearances over the years as Charles in Kate & Allie and as several unsavory characters on Law and Order.
Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at http://www.drydenensemble.org
An additional performance will take place on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church Solebury, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA.