March 20th - April 4th, 2015
Westbeth Artists' Housing
55 Bethune St.
New York, NY 10014
Rival factions of the English nobility have been wrangling over the throne for several decades, and the struggle has left the country a war-weary shadow of its glorious past. From this maelstrom emerges Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who is determined to wear the crown and is willing to pull any strings necessary to fulfill his raw unbridled ambition. As a malformed ‘bunch-backed toad’, Richard must overcome his physical limitations and rely on his wiles to bring his plans to fruition.
This production, directed by Brian Gillespie, will employ inventive puppetry, both shadow and practical, to create a world where Richard reigns as the master manipulator. This play was one of Shakespeare’s first big hits, due in large part to the way he fashioned the character of Richard, a charismatic self-confessed villain who delights in seducing, misleading, intimidating and, if necessary, murdering those around him to get what he wants. Producing this work is Hamlet Isn’t Dead, guaranteeing that it’ll be theatre you’ll love, whether you like it or not.
Richard: Jarret Kerr
Elizabeth: Samantha Maurice
Buckingham: David Andrew Laws
Clarence/Rivers/Richmond: Morgan Hooper
Anne/Prince Edward/Catesby: Sara Group
Margaret/Prince of York: Laura Iris Hill
Stanley/Mayor/First Murderer: Perry Lewis
Brakenbury/King Edward/Cardinal/Ratcliff: Jim Cairl
Hastings/Second Murderer/Tyrrel/Blunt: Travis Klemm
Director: Brian Gillespie
Stage Manager: Amanda Aiken
Puppet Master: Carl Vorwerk
General Manager: Robin Rightmyer