Welcome to The Known World Players 

The Known World Players theater company, called KWP for short, specializes in producing quality plays either from or about the medieval and renaissance periods of history. We are part of a major nonprofit educational organization known as “The Society for Creative Anachronism” (SCA) which has members and branches all over the world.  Major performances are held annually  during our parent group’s major gathering the “Pennsic War” which attracts between 10,000 and 12,000 participants. Like our parent organization which is global in scope, the company and its members are centered in the United States and Canada.  Everyone has developed a medieval persona, and the members are referred to by those persona names within this site. 

The company was founded in 2001 by Mesterno Tyzes ‘Zsof’ Sofia with the goal of producing “period productions in a period manner.” The first show, a highly ambitious production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” was a success and was followed by productions as diversified as “Lysistrata” and an original filk musical, “Forbidden Pennsic.”

In 2006 Master Lorcan Dracontius founded “The Masquerade Medieval” theater company as a troupe that would complement KWP’s period productions with plays written in the modern era about period. The company’s first performance was an innovative staging of “The Lion in Winter” followed in 2010 by “A Man for All Seasons.” 

In 2010 the two companies merged under the Artistic Directorship of Master Lorcan.  The company was officially recognized by the SCA as a guild in 2011.  As part of that recognition the company reorganized and added officers and a more formal structure that bridged both period theater companies and modern-day production needs. 

In 2016 the company expanded its offerings at Pennsic to include script in hand performances.  These script readings, directed by Lady Maire ni Sheaghdha, are performed before a live audience, providing a venue for performers who would like to act with the company but are reluctant to commit to a full production.   

In 2015 Lord Tomas Wormwood was selected by the company members to become our third “Company Housekeeper,” which  in modern terms is  Managing Director.   Under his leadership the company worked through the pandemic by performing a virtual version of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and keeping an amateur production of Sir Terry Pratchett’s “Wyrd Sisters” active for Pennsic 49.

In 2023 Mistress Perronnelle de Croy was selected to succeed Wormwood as our fourth Company Housekeeper and guide the company into its 25th year.  

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Previous shows

Romeo & Juliet
by William Shakespeare
Pennsic 50
Wyrd Sisters
by Terry Pratchett, adapted to the stage by Stephen Briggs
Pennsic 49
Forbidden Pennsic
by Richard Mandel
Pennsic 48
Hector of Troy
by Richard Mandel
Pennsic 47
The Merry Wives of Windsor
by Wm. Shakespeare
Pennsic 46
The Alchemist
by Ben Johnson
Pennsic 45
The Merchant of Venice
by Wm. Shakespeare
Pennsic 44
Canterbury Tales
adapted by Andrew May
Pennsic 43
Miles Gloriosus
by Titus Plautus
Pennsic 42
Anne of the Thousand Days
by Maxwell Anderson
Pennsic 41
Henry V
by Wm. Shakespeare
Pennsic 40
by Euripides
Pennsic 39
A Man for All Seasons
by Robert Bolt
Pennsic 39
Much Ado About Nothing
by Wm. Shakespeare
Pennsic 38
Forbidden Pennsic
by Richard Mandel
Pennsic 37
The Lion in Winter
by James Goldman
Pennsic 36
The Wakefield Mystery Cycle
by Anon
Pennsic 36
Gammer Gurton's Needle
by Anon
Pennsic 35
by Wm. Shakespeare
Pennsic 34
Canterbury Tales
adapted by Andrew May
Pennsic 33
An Evening of French Farces
by Anon
Pennsic 32
by Aristophanes
Pennsic 31
by Anon
Pennsic 30
As You Like It
by Wm. Shakespeare
Pennsic 29