West Windsor, N.J. – When one’s own conscience proves stronger than the strongest political pressures, a high price is bound to be paid. Join PinnWorth Productions at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) Kelsey Theatre for “A Man for All Seasons,” based on the life and times of the British Lord Chancellor Thomas More.
Dates and times for this award-winning historical drama are: Fridays, Jan. 9 and 16 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Jan. 10 and 17 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Jan. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Jan. 9.
Matters of politics, religion, friendship and loyalty collide as Henry VIII contemplates divorcing his barren first wife, Catherine of Aragon, in order to marry Anne Boleyn and produce an heir to the throne of England. Henry’s loyal chancellor, Sir Thomas More, is a deeply devout Roman Catholic and cannot make peace with the plan, putting him squarely at odds with King Henry and rivals in the court, most notably the formidable Thomas Cromwell. Can More stay true to his beliefs without paying the ultimate price?
Says LouJ Stalsworth, who directs the production, “We live in an age of compromise and revenge, where doing the easy thing is often the choice that's made instead of doing the right thing. More, a man of morals and principles, refuses easy compromise.”
Adds John Shaken-Kaye, who plays More, “The show chronicles the age-old conflict between duty to the State, as personified by Cromwell, and adherence to personal conscience, as personified by More.”
Stalsworth notes the central role of The Common Man, who appears as narrator, household servant, boatman, innkeeper, juryman and executioner. Through him, the audience becomes part of the story; his refusal to take action that could have changed More’s fate is a point that remains relevant for citizens today.