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Richard III – cancelled
July 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pmFree
* The threat of rain has forced cancellation of this performance. *
Join us for the Hip to Hip Theatre Group production, for all ages*, of Shakespeare’s Richard III!
Hip to Hip is dedicated to stimulating and developing interest in the theatre arts in underserved communities by providing free, family-friendly, professional productions of popular classics, and free theatre workshops for children, in public spaces.
All performances are free to the public and will feature an interactive kids workshop 30 minutes before showtime. Kids & the Classics is designed for ages 4 to 12 and gives children a chance to interact with the text by previewing the characters, situations, and creating links between the text and their own lives through theatre games and reading of text.
* Kids & the Classics, interactive workshops begin at 7pm. The play begins at 7:30pm.
Audience members are encouraged to bring a blanket or low chair, picnic fare and enjoy a Shakespeare play in the open air. No tickets are necessary. Performances run 95 minutes.
After a long civil war, England enjoys a period of peace under King Edward. But Edward’s younger brother Richard, who helped him to the throne, grows restless in the shadows. Shakespeare’s searing drama chronicles the bloody rise and fall of the last English king to die on the battlefield.
Artistic Director Jason Marr: “Both as a producer and as an actor, Richard III has hovered near the top of my “yet-to-do list” for years. It’s never made the cut, because on some level the play doesn’t quite sing for me. After thirteen years with Hip to Hip, and with my “yet-to-do list” getting shorter and shorter, it seemed time to take another look at Richard III.”
“I came across the fascinating documentary, The King in the Car Park, which tracks the exhumation and reburial of the remains of Richard III, which culminated in 2012. With the discovery of Richard III’s remains, we now know that Shakespeare’s portrait of Richard’s deformity is grossly exaggerated. The exhumed skeleton reveals Richard had severe scoliosis, but it bears no suggestion that he was a hunchback with a withered arm and unequally sized legs. Hip to Hip’s new radical adaptation of Richard III attempts to bridge the divide between the real man and the caricature the Tudors, aided and abetted by Shakespeare, perpetuated.”
The repertory cast includes Leah Alfieri, Kendall Devin Bell, Katie Fanning*, Rebecca Wei Hsieh, Kurt Kingsley*, Tristan Land, Jason Marr*, Joy Marr*, Josh Miccio, Austin Nguyen, Anuj Parikh, Sophia Parola, Patrick Singer and Colin Wulff*.
*appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association