Theatre @ Boston Court Opens Stripped Down RICHARD II Tonight
The Theatre @ Boston Court presents R II, text by William Shakespeare, conceived, adapted and directed by Jessica Kubzansky. Opening night is tonight, September 14, 2013 on the Main Stage at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 North Mentor Avenue.
Stripped to its very essence, Kubzansky's Richard II is theatrical, raw, and performed with only three actors. As Richard says: "thus play I in one person many people-and none contented." Shakespeare's tale still resonates deeply today, posing the ultimate identity crisis. When arrogant King Richard is deposed by Bolingbroke, who has good reason to lead a rebellion and seize the crown, Richard is left bewildered as he struggles to find a new identity, and Bolingbroke is overwhelmed by how hard it is to be king. After all, who are we without our names or titles?
R II features James Ortlieb, John Sloan and Paige Lindsey White.
Production staff includes Kubzansky, Director & Adapter; Kaitlyn Pietras, Set & Projection Designer; Jeremy Pivnick, Lighting Designer; John Zalewski, Sound Designer; Jenny Foldenauer, Costume & Prop Designer; Elissa Weinzimmer, Text Coach; Emilie Beck, Dramaturg; Kat Haan, Assistant Director; Julia Flores, Casting Director; Alyssa Escalante, Production Stage Manager.?
Jessica Kubzansky is the Co-Artistic Director for The Theatre @ Boston Court. Directed at Boston Court: World Premieres of Michael Elyanow's The Children, Jordan Harrison's Futura, Laura Schellhardt's Courting Vampires, Nick Salamone & Maury Mcintyre's Gulls, Mickey Birnbaum's Bleed Rail, Carlos Murillo's Unfinished American Highwayscape #9 & 32, Jean-Claude van Itallie's Light, Cody Henderson's Cold/Tender, plus Camino Real andMother Courage. Also an award-winning director working nationally: South Coast Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, The Geffen Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Illinois Shakes, The Aurora, Silk Road, etc. Recently elsewhere: James Still's I Love to Eat (Portland Center Stage), Macbeth (Antaeus), The 39 Steps (La Mirada), Jen Haley's Breadcrumbs, Hamlet, Winter's Tale (Theater 150, Ojai), Mauritius (Pasadena Playhouse). She is a recipient of the LADCC Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatre.
R II previews for six performances beginning September 5, opening September 14 and runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through October 13 with an added performance on Wednesday, October 2 and Wednesday October 9. Preview tickets are priced at $17 and regular performances at $34. Senior, student and group discounts are also available. Visit BostonCourt.org for special events related to R II. Tickets can be purchased online at BostonCourt.org or by calling (626) 683-6883.
Boston Court Performing Arts Center is located one block north of Colorado at the corner of Mentor Ave. and Boston Ct.
The Theatre @ Boston Court is the award-winning resident theatre company at Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, CA. Michael Seel, Executive Director; Jessica Kubzansky and Michael Michetti, Co-Artistic Directors; Hillary Metcalf, Managing Director.