b'Directors Notes>>Dash WaterburyWhy then would you deal so cunningly, So strangely, so unlike a noble kinsman, To love alone? Act 2, Scene 2Is any human code so strong that it cant be overcome by love? Love overwhelms and undermines the strongest will. It changes us fundamentally, strangely. And no one can face love for us; we are alone with this lawless force. As we watch, a new code emerges. We have changed sides.Someone once said to me that the things that really change us are love, pain, and dreams. Its as if only these big emotions have the ability to get us out of the comfort zones we find ourselves in. The Two Noble Kinsmen is a play about how we can be radicalized and transformed, sometimes by love, sometimes by pain, and sometimes by a dream. We give ourselves over to these titanic forces, and we are never the same. Dramaturgs Notes >> MORGAN GATES & MICHAEL WARRENOne persistent narrative about Shakespeares life tells how in 1611, after writing The Tempest, he retired to the tranquility of Stratford-upon-Avon. However, we have documentary evidence that he spent time in London between 1612 and 1614, and we know that he continued to be active in the playhouse. He composed three plays in collaboration with John Fletcher, a man fifteen years his junior, the co-author (with Francis Beaumont) of at least two recent theatrical successes, and an apologist for the new genre of tragicomedy; Fletcher would succeed Shakespeare as the leading playwright of the Kings Men. One play, Henry VIII, was published in the Shakespeare First Folio; a second, Cardenio, is lost; the third was The Two Noble Kinsmen.They probably composed The Two Noble Kinsmen between February 1613 and October 1614. It may have been written with the indoor Blackfriars Playhouse in mind, because the Globe burned down on June 29, 1613 during a performance of Henry VIII. The sole reference to contemporary performances is the statement on the title page of the 1634 Quarto, our source for the play, that it was Presented at the Blackfriers by the Kings Maiesties servants, with great applause.The immediate source of the story of Palamon and Arcite is The Knights Tale from Chaucers The Canterbury Tales. Cousins nobly defending ancient Thebes against Athens, they are defeated by Theseus, but then rescued because of their heroism in battle. Recovering in prison from their wounds, they both fall in love with Emilia at first sight; once out of prison, the ardor of their chivalrous rivalry leads finally to violent conflict and an extraordinary resolution.To this Chaucerian narrative Shakespeare and Fletcher added a subplot also concerning love, but in this case marked by pathos. While attending Palamon in prison, the Jailers Daughter becomes infatuated with him. Ophelia-like, she declines into madness, from which at the end of the play she is expected to recover by a cure that will appear dubious to modern eyes. Such tonal variety is characteristic of Jacobean tragicomedies. We are delighted that our audiences are afforded an opportunity to see The Two Noble Kinsmen in the same season that we offer The Winters Tale.36 SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE 2019'