History

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 for our parent group’s major gathering the “Pennsic War” which annually attracts between 10,000 and 12,000 re-enactors. 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 Mistress Sofia Tyzes 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 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 2015 Lord Tomas Wormwood was selected by the company members to guide KWP into its future becoming what in modern terms is our third Managing Director. 

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Previous shows

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
Medea
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
Macbeth
by Wm. Shakespeare
Pennsic 34
Canterbury Tales
adapted by Andrew May
Pennsic 33
An Evening of French Farces
by Anon
Pennsic 32
Lysistrata
by Aristophanes
Pennsic 31
Everyman
by Anon
Pennsic 30
As You Like It
by Wm. Shakespeare
Pennsic 29