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Equivocation

When: June 5-21, 7:30 p.m. 2015

EQUIVOCATION

THEATRE IN THE PARK, RALEIGH

FRIDAY, JUNE 5–SUNDAY, JUNE 21

It was so much safer when William Shagspeare (one of the ways his name was spelled back then) was writing historical plays; the culture had already figured out the winners, losers and meanings of those events before he started writing. But in Bill Cain's speculative drama, it's 1606—one year after the failed assassination attempt now known as Guy Fawkes Day—and ruthless Robert Cecil, chief minister to King James I, is determined that the Gunpowder Plot be immortalized in something other than the doggerel that begins, "Remember, remember / The fifth of November." Cecil's quite particular about the version of events he wants remembered, and whom he wants to pen the propaganda. But Shagspeare's take doesn't quite follow the party line, and Cecil's about to remove the velvet gloves from the iron fists of power. In this regional premiere at Theatre Raleigh, Jerry Sipp directs a cast including Jim O'Brien, Mark Philalas and Kelly McConkey. 7:30 p.m. Fri.–Sat. and Thurs. June 11; 3 p.m. Sun., $16–$22, 107 Pullen Rd., Raleigh, 919-831-6058, www.theatreinthepark.com. Byron Woods

Price: $16-$22

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