Richard III explores the Machiavellian rise of power of one of Shakespeare's most fascinating and complex anti-heroes. King Edward sits on the throne ending the decades long War of the Roses, but his youngest brother Richard has his eyes on crown. Fueled by an entitled lust for power and villainous panache, Richard's path to glory is marked by seduction, murder, and betrayal. His darkly comedic ambition is no match for friends, family or enemies as he careens his way to the top. Starring AASC's Artistic Director L. Peter Callender as the unapologetic king you love to hate. Directed by Kirsten Brandt.
African-American Shakes artistic director L. Peter Callender takes on one of Shakespeare’s most glorious and manipulative villains, the physically challenged, vengeful and self-confident Richard III, whose rise to power is both shocking and thrilling. It’s about ambition, and the right to rule, says Callender—“eerily familiar and topical,” he observes. Director Kirsten Brandt sets it in modern times, with women playing several men’s roles.