Monday, December 5, 2011

Dr. Philip van Vleck to speak Dec. 10

Burning Coal Theatre Company’s Lobby Lectures series will present Dr. Philip van Vleck, North Carolina State University history professor, speaking on Henry V and the Battle of Agincourt on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 6:00 p.m. at the Murphey School, 224 Polk Street in Raleigh. Tickets are $5 or free with any admission to Burning Coal’s production of Henry V (on Trapeze), which runs Dec 1 through 18. Reservations for the play may be made by calling (919) 834-4001 or at Tickets to the Lobby Lecture with Dr. van Vleck may be obtained at the door only.

Dr. van Vleck grew up on a farm in Tulsa County, Oklahoma. He received his MFA in acting/directing from the University of Oklahoma School of Drama and his Ph.D. from Duke University in reformation studies and the history of early modern Europe. Dr. van Vleck is currently a lecturer on Europe in the Middle Ages and early modern Europe in the NCSU history department, where he has taught since 1990. Dr. van Vleck lives in Cary and has three daughters.

The Battle of Agincourt was one of the greatest military victories of all time. The lecture focuses on Henry V's tactical brilliance in the face of a French force that outnumbered his army by about six to one. The English should have lost this battle. Instead, they triumphed by virtue of their personal courage and the leadership of Henry V.

For further information about this lecture or about Burning Coal Theatre Company, please contact managing director Simmie Kastner at (919) 834.4001.

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