A Message from Our Fearless Leader
We’ve reached the end of another season, and what a season it’s been.
From poolside brawls to backyard interventions, this has been one for the Epic History books.
Coming into this season, we had one message in mind:
Speak Truth to Power.
Over the past nine productions, we’ve examined what that means beyond just something to put on the posters.
In the past, I’ve bemoaned the experience of sitting in a theater watching an ultra-liberal play performed for what’s usually an audience of ulta-liberals nodding their heads in agreement at how awful Conservatives are and how it would be so wonderful if somebody would do something about them.
Instead of engaging in that, we wanted to tap into the energy that’s building in the country right now--an energy formed around people who want to enable change and give a voice to those who have been voiceless for so long.
This season wasn’t about what makes the bad people bad, it was about what good people can do to dismantle and rearrange a system that isn’t built for them.
And so we arrive at “Wolf Hall,” a show that has so many parallels to today’s world, it seems almost too on-the-nose to even produce it.
It’s all here--an unstable leader who believes he can bend objective truth to his will, his supporters who defy their own ideology to assist him for their own material gain, and the people at the bottom who find themselves asking how their country spiraled so out of control.
Not since “Angels in America” have we undertaken a project this ambitious here at Epic. It asks hard questions about faith, nationalism, tyranny, political narratives, and power.
We’ve assembled an incredible cast of local actors and tapped our "Red Speedo" director Vince Petronio to put together the story of Thomas Cromwell--a man I have the pleasure to bring to life, and someone who strikes me as a sort of Mike Pence figure--willing to stand behind godlessness out of some backwards belief that it will bring him and his country closer to God.
What makes Hilary Mantel’s novel so fascinating is that all the famous historical players (Henry, Anne Boleyn, etc) are seen through the lens of an average man who rises to power by having the courage to speak truth to those above him.
But can that backfire? Will it?
Can we ever really improve our status and find ourselves among those who’ve been above us all our lives? Or is the only solution to bring it all crashing down upon us so we can build something better?
I’m so excited you’ve spent another season with us here at Epic, and I hope you’ll be back next year as well. We’re not shying away from tougher topics in Season 7. In fact, you might say we’re doubling down with next season’s theme--