Reading of A Man for All Seasons

October 3

Dr. Cindy Gendrich in the Department of Theatre and Dance and James Otteson in The Center for the Study of Capitalism collaborated on a staged reading of the play A Man For All Seasons on Friday, October 3rd.

3:30PM in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium: Pre-show panel

5:30PM outside of Broyhill Auditorium: Brief reception

6:00PM in Broyhill Auditorium: Performance

Official press release:

The BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism and the Interdisciplinary Performance & Liberal Arts Centerof Wake Forest University

present

A Man for All Seasons: A dramatic reading of the true story of Sir Thomas More, the 16th – century Chancellor of England

by playwright Robert Bolt under the direction of Robert Anthony Peters

October 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

WFU Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium

Free and open to the public.

In 1509 Henry VIII succeeded to the throne of England, inheriting a prosperous nation-state, united after the civil wars of the previous century. The power of the monarch was growing; the role of the nobility changing and the middle class was on the rise.

After several years of marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Henry still had no male heir to secure the stability of the realm. He petitioned the Pope to annul his marriage so that he could wed Anne Boleyn, whom he hoped would give him a son. The failure of Henry’s Lord Chancellor, Cardinal Wolsey, to secure papal approval for the annulment led to his replacement by Sir Thomas More, a respected lawyer and intellectual. More was opposed to the divorce and Henry’s attempt to usurp papal power by making himself head of the Church of England. More’s  conscientious stand in refusing to take the oath of Supremacy is the central theme of A Man for all Seasons.