Shakespeare's gripping portrait of a cunning villain’s rise and fall from power with an all-female acting company.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Rosa Joshi
Performed at the Leo K. Theatre
Produced in partnership with upstart crow collective.
September 12, 2018–October 7, 2018
Jealousy, Manipulation, Deceit...Oh, yeah! Don’t underestimate the last son of the mighty royal York family. Richard is as charming as he is cunning. Through scheming and seducing (and a few murders along the way), Richard secures the crown for himself…but can he hold it? Attempting to thwart his ill-gotten rise to power are some potent women who envision hope for their country in a new generation of leaders.
Favorite Villain. Richard III was one of Shakespeare’s earliest successes. It was the first of his plays to be performed in America. It is a fast-paced masterclass in political intrigue with a character that is as alluring as he is obnoxious.
Epic History. What began with our highly-praised all-female production of Bring Down the House (Henry VI trilogy) now culminates with the artists of upstart crow collective returning to complete this enthralling and bloody story of the Wars of the Roses. “When female actors have the chance to collaborate, it benefits the entire Seattle theater community, raising the standard of production to a bold new level” – Seattle Weekly.
Run time: 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission
Rosa Joshi (Director), Shawn Ketchum Johnson (Set Designer), Christine Tschirgi (Costume Designer), Geoff Korf (Lighting Designer), Rob Witmer (Sound Designer), Meghan Roche (Sound Designer), Robin Macartney (Props Designer), Alice Gosti (Choreographer), Peter Dylan O'Connor (Fight Choreographer), Wiley Basho Gorn (Dramaturg), Maria Gray (Stage Manager).
Cast (in alphabetical order)
Suzanne Bouchard (Buckingham/Ensemble), Chantal DeGroat (Hastings/Tyrell/Ensemble), Yadira Duarte (Prince Edward/Grey/Ensemble), Sunam Ellis (Clarence/Ratcliff/Ensemble), Peggy Gannon (Edward/Catesby/Ensemble), Meme Garcia (Young York/Dorset/Ensemble), Sarah Harlett (Richard/Ensemble), Mari Nelson (Duchess of York/1st Murderer/Ensemble), Lisa Norman (Stanley/Ensemble), Betsy Schwartz (Elizabeth/Henry VI Ghost/Ensemble), Porscha Shaw (Anne/Richmond/2nd Murderer/Ensemble), Chanya Wiparungsri (Ensemble), Kate Wisniewski (Margaret/Ensemble), Dedra D. Woods (Rivers/Brakenbury/Ensemble), Aimee Zoe (Musician).