The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company will present The Knight of the Burning Pestle by Francis Beaumont at Seven Steps Up, 116 South Jackson in Spring Lake, for one night only, February 10 at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Reservations are available by calling the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company at 616-850-0916.
Francis Beaumont was a playwright working in London at the same time as Shakespeare, and The Knight of the Burning Pestle is a play that Michigan audiences rarely have a chance to see. Pigeon Creek executive director Katherine Mayberry says that other than an abbreviated, 20-minute version that was presented at the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival several years ago, “the most recent production we can find evidence of in the state of Michigan was in 1906 at the University of Michigan.”
The Knight of the Burning Pestle is a farcical comedy in which a company of boy actors attempting to perform a play are interrupted by audience members who want to see something different. Hilarity ensues as the actors attempt to accomodate this audience request. Pigeon Creek’s production features actors Kathleen Bode, Charles Decker, Jackie Frid, Kat Hermes, Maggie Hinckley, Scott Lange, Katherine Mayberry, Amber Miller, Ashley Normand, and Riley VanEss.
Following the performance at Seven Steps Up, the production will also visit the Jenison Center for the Arts on February 24, with tickets to that performance available at http://www.jpsarts.org.Actors Scott Lange and Kathleen Bode appear in The Knight of the Burning Pestle.