Rienzi´s April Twilight Talk, featuring Robert Shimko, will address the encounters that can occur while navigating the lives of historical figures. Sir William Davenant is known to theater historians as one of the great impresarios of 17th century England. He is widely credited as the man who introduced opera to England, and he operated the more adventurous of the two London playhouses of the early Restoration. Before this, Davenant spent the English Civil War operating a raiding ship in the English Channel. To King Charles I, Davenant was a loyal privateer. To the Parliament, he was a notorious Pirate.
Shimko will explore the particulars of Davenant´s adventures.
6 - 7 p.m. - Open house tours with stationed docents and wine on Rienzi´s terrace
7 - 7:30 p.m. - Twilight Talk
7:30 - 8 p.m. - Informal discussion