Continuing its season of “The Downfall of the Despots,” Actors’ Shakespeare Project (ASP) kicks off 2018 with Richard III, William Shakespeare's stunning portrait of Machiavellian genius and the murderous quest for absolute power. Under the direction of Resident Acting Company member Robert Walsh, the original “game of thrones” comes alive in an intimate staging at the Swedenborg Chapel (50 Quincy Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge) February 7–March 11, 2018. more information visit actorsshakespeareproject.org.
“I am thrilled to circle back to Richard III, ASP’s inaugural production in 2004,” says Walsh. “The timeliness of the play couldn’t be stronger–abuses of power today are as pronounced as Shakespeare imagined them in 15th century England. I look forward to telling a story with more than 65 characters–and just six actors–in the setting of an English Gothic style chapel, and how Shakespeare’s language will resonate in that space."
The cast features Resident Company Members Steven Barkhimer* (Richard III, murderer 2, Duchess of York), Jennie Israel* (Margaret, Brackenbury, King Edward, Ratcliff), Paula Plum* (Queen Elizabeth, murderer 1, Lord Cardinal, young Duke of York, Norfolk), Mara Sidmore* ( Anne, Catesby, Grey, Duchess of York) Michael Forden Walker* ( Buckingham, Clarence, Stanley) and Deaon Griffin-Pressley* (Hastings, Richmond, Tyrell).
The production team includes
Deb Sullivan** (lights), Miranda Kau Giurleo (costumes), Abby Shenker (props), Lindsay Colleli (movement director) and Marsha Smith* (stage manager).