Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Presents RICHARD II, 1/17

January 9
1:12 PM 2013

Shakespeare-and-the-Law-Richard-II-presented-by-Commonwealth-Shakespeare-Company-20010101

Shakespeare's words come alive again in the reading of Richard II for the 12th Annual Shakespeare and the Law Series. Co-sponsored by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, law firm McCarter & English LLP, the Boston Lawyer's Chapter of the Federalist Society, and Suffolk University, the reading boasts an all-star cast from Boston's legal community, including former federal judge Nancy Gertner as Richard II. A panel discussion on the legal and political consequences of when a king or a president goes too far follows the reading. The participants will discuss the uses and abuses of executive power by Presidents Obama and George H. W. Bush.
Hosted and moderated by C. Boyden Gray, former White House Counsel to President George H.W. Bush and Ambassador to the European Union, the reading will be directed by Steven Maler, Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. The event will be held at The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, 525 Washington Street, on January 17 at 5:30 PM and is free and open to the public.
Richard II, written around 1595, is the first play in Shakespeare's second "history tetralogy," a seriesof four plays that chronicles the rise of the house of Lancaster to the British throne. (Its sequel plays are Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2, and Henry V.) The play is written entirely in verse and contains some of the most beautiful passages in all of Shakespeare's works. Set in the year 1398, it chronicles Henry Bolinbroke's (later Henry IV) use of power and popular support to depose and ultimately murder Richard II, England's last king of the house of Plantagenet. Richard's undoing is caused by the exploitation of his kingly powers to subvert laws accepted and supported by the people - the right to be secure in their lands, the laws of inheritance, laws against excessive taxation.

Boston THEATER Stories | Shows  Follow BWW Boston



About the Author

Get Author Alerts

BROADWAYWORLD TV

WIT by Margaret Edson in BostonWIT by Margaret Edson
Hub Theatre of Boston
(Runs 11/4 - 11/19)
Motown the Musical in BostonMotown the Musical
Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
(Runs 5/23 - 5/28)
Sense & Sensibility in BostonSense & Sensibility
Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company
(Runs 10/14 - 10/30) CAST
Hedwig and the Angry Inch in BostonHedwig and the Angry Inch
Citi Performing Arts Center [Shubert Theatre]
(Runs 5/30 - 6/11)
The Plough and the Stars
American Repertory Theater
(Runs 9/25 - 10/9)

VIEW ALL ADD A SHOW AUDITIONS

Save $$$ on Tickets to:
Backstage with Richard Ridge
Back to Falsettoland w/ OBC - Passing the Torch
Backstage Bite
TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE BITE with ALADDIN's Rodney Ingram!
Turning the Tables
Binge on TURNING THE TABLES!
  Chewing the Scenery with Randy Rainbow
TV:-LuPone's Autobio - Lands EVITA!
KID CRITICS
TV: KID CRITICS Swept Away at PHANTOM
BROADWAY SESSIONS
BWW TV Exclusive: THE LION KING Cast Roars at Broadway Sessions