The Public Theater Begins Previews 8/6 for RICHARD III
The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Patrick Willingham) will begin previews on Monday, August 6 for The Mobile Shakespeare Unit's RICHARD III, directed by Amanda Dehnert. Following a three-week tour, bringing free Shakespeare to audiences who have limited or no access to the arts, RICHARD III will run at The Public Theater through Saturday, August 25, with an official press opening on Saturday, August 11. Tickets are $15 and on sale now.
The cast features Michelle Beck (Anne), Suzanne Bertish (Margaret), Keith Eric Chappelle (Hastings), Michael Crane (Buckingham), Lynn Hawley (Queen Elizabeth), Alex Hernandez (Richmond/Rivers), Miriam A. Hyman (Clarence), Ron Cephas Jones (Richard III), and Kevin Kelly (Edward/Catesby).
RICHARD III features scenic and costume design by Linda Roethke with original music by Amanda Dehnert.
RICHARD III tells the story of one of Shakespeare's most charismatic villains who cuts a scorched-earth swath through the politicos, power-mongers, and even family members who stand between him and the crown. But before King Richard III can enjoy the fruits of his ill-gotten gain, something stirs that freezes him in his tracks: conscience.
Now in its second year, The Mobile Shakespeare Unit is a reinvention of Joseph Papp's Mobile Shakespeare program, which began in 1957 to bring Shakespeare to the masses, evolving into the New York Shakespeare Festival and ultimately becoming The Public Theater. The Mobile Shakespeare Unit presents Shakespeare for free to prisons, homeless shelters, centers for the elderly, and other community venues throughout the five boroughs.
To further the mission and reach of The Mobile Shakespeare Unit, 20 tickets for each performance of the run at The Public Theater will be given to community organizations that could not host a visit from the tour.
This program is made possible with the generous support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Additional support is provided by Bloomberg.
Amanda Dehnert (Director). Her recent directing credits include Cabaret (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), and developmental workshops of the new musicals Not Wanted On The Voyage and Unlock'd. She is also a Resident Director with Trinity Repertory Company, directing such productions as My Fair Lady; Annie; West Side Story; Charles Strouse's You Never Know (world premiere); The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Henry IV; A Moon for the Misbegotten; The Skin of Our Teeth; Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up; Noises Off; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; The New England Sonata (world premiere); Othello; Saint Joan; We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!; A Christmas Carol, and Cyrano de Bergerac. She has also composed original scores and songs for the theatre work of Kevin Moriarty, Michael Goldfried, Mark Sutch, and Peter Sampieri. Dehnert's upcoming projects and collaborators include Octavio Solis, Adam Gwon, Stew, Heidi Rodewald, Derek McCulloch, and Jim Steinmeyer.