Three-Ring History Cycle

A corpse swings above the center of the stage. Downstage, people in black surround a trap that opens to absorb the body of King Henry V. “We mourn in black. Why not we mourn in blood,” the Duke of Exeter exclaims, heralding the beginning of the 13-hour bloody epic that the Royal Shakespeare Company brought to the Power Center in Ann Arbor, MI, in March.

For scenic and costume designer Tom Piper, the flow of time became a major element in creating a world for the tetralogy that include

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