In this week’s Backstage column, WSC Avant Bard wants to take you to a brothel. Don’t worry — it’s an ambitious, artistic brothel, where the musical prostitutes perform mash-ups of Shakespeare’s histories. “The Mistorical Hystery of Henry (I)V,” in previews this week, is a play within a musical, where sketch comedy exists side-by-side with vintage newsreels and spontaneous outbursts of song.

A scene from “The Mistorical Hystery of Henry (I)V.” (Lloyd Wolf)

For a look behind the scenes of the production, check out the video below, one of a series of WSC’s Webisodes documenting the making of the show. You can catch the show at The Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA.