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Theater: CUA Presents "In Good King Charles's Golden Days" by George Bernard Shaw

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, Friday, Oct. 16, and Saturday, Oct. 17;
2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Hartke Theatre
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


In this "true history that never happened," Shaw creates a "what if" comedy revolving around a spirited debate of ideas - from science and religion to art and politics - between Sir Isaac Newton, King Charles II and other notable figures of the late 1600s, including George Fox (the founder of the Quakers), an actress, and a duchess - all passionate in defense of their own beliefs.

The play was originally written as a screenplay set during the English Restoration, which coincided with King Charles' reign from 1660 to 1685. The Department of Drama's presentation will use modern audiovisuals, film projections, innovative staging and sound design, and contemporary (though Restoration-inspired) costuming to highlight the timelessness of the piece and the questions it contemplates.

The play is being presented in conjunction with the International Shaw Society's 2009 International George Bernard Shaw Conference, which will take place at CUA during the run of the play. For more information about the conference, click here.

"In Good King Charles's Golden Days" will be directed by Jay D. Brock, who is the artistic director for Rockville, Md.'s Limelight Theatre as well as a recent M.F.A. graduate of the CUA drama department.

Tickets: $12 full price, $8 for senior citizens and CUA alumni/faculty/staff, and $5 for students.

For more information, call 202-319-4000 or visit

SPONSOR: Department of Drama