[World Premiere of Love in the Wars] Chris Stack and Birgit Huppuch, photo by Julieta Cervantes.
Chris Stack and Birgit Huppuch, photo by Julieta Cervantes.

Bard SummerScape Presents

World Premiere of Love in the Wars

A Version of Heinrich von Kleist’s Penthesilea
By John Banville
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

“I stood there, blinded by the sight of you,
And when you’d gone the form of you
Emblazoned on my eyes.”
                                    —Love in the Wars

Penthesilea, Queen of the Amazons, sets eyes on the hero Achilles, and the ferocity of her passion collides with his stubborn will, setting in motion a tragicomedy of love and misunderstanding that threatens to derail the course of history.

Heinrich von Kleist, a contemporary of Schubert's, was one of the most inventive and enigmatic playwrights of the 19th century. Penthesilea is his unquestioned masterpiece. Now, internationally acclaimed writer John Banville (best known for his Man Booker Prize–winning novel The Sea, and as his alter ego, best-selling mystery writer Benjamin Black) tackles Kleist’s funny, explosive, and surprising masterwork Penthesilea in a world premiere production by Obie–winning director Ken Rus Schmoll.

Meet the artists
Post-performance discussion with the artists following July 13 and 16 matinees

Creative Team

Ken Rus Schmoll Director
Marsha Ginsberg Set Designer 
Oana Botez Costume Designer 
Tyler Micoleau Lighting Designer 
Dave Bova Hair and Makeup Designer
Leah Gelpe Sound Designer
Thomas Schall Fight Director


Birgit Huppuch Penthesilea
Chris Stack Achilles
Jeffrey Binder Odysseus
Chad Goodridge Diomedes
KeiLyn Jones Agamemnon
Karen Kandel High Priestess
Karen Pittman Prothoe
Michael Schantz Antilochus
Stacey Yen Asteria
Harrison Beer ’14 Greek
Antonio Irizarry ’16 Greek
Hannah Mitchell ’13 Amazon
Claire Thompson ’14 Amazon