Richard III

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Richard III


Montuori, Deborah, Shakespeare Bulletin


Richard III Presented by The Shakespeare Theatre Company at the Lansburg Theatre, Washington, DC. January 16-March 18, 2007. Directed by Michael Kahn. Set by Lee Savage. Costumes by Jennifer Moeller. Lighting by Charlie Morrison. Compositions/Sound by Martin Desjardins. Fights by David Leong. With Geraint Wyn Davies (Richard), Floyd King (Edward IV), Andrew Long (Clarence), Pamela-Peyton-Wright (Duchess of York), Tana Hicken (Queen Margaret), Claire Lautier (Lady Anne), Margot Dionne (Queen Elizabeth), Donald Carrier (Rivers), Dan Crane (Grey), Matthew Stuckey (Dorset), Edward Gero (Buckingham), Raphael Nash Thompson (Hastings), Ralph Cosham (Stanley), Aubrey Deeker (Catesby), David Gross (Richmond), and others.

Titus Andronicus Presented by The Shakespeare Theatre Company at the Lansburg Theatre, Washington, DC. April 3-May 20, 2007. Directed by Gale Edwards. Set by Peter England. Costumes by Murell Horton. Lighting by Mark McCullough. Compositions/Sound by Martin Desjardins. Fights by Rick Sordelet. With Sam Tsoutsouvas (Titus Andronicus), William Langan (Marcus Andronicus), Chris Genebach (Lucius), Christopher Scheeren (Quintus), David Murgittroyd (Martius), Danny Binstock (Mutius), Colleen Delany (Lavinia), Alex Podulke (Saturninus), Michael Brusasco (Bassianus),James Chatham (Young Lucius), Valerie Leonard (Tamora), Matthew Stuckey (Alarbus), Ryan Farley (Demetrius), David L. Townsend (Chiron), Peter Macon (Aaron), and others.

Hamlet Presented by The Shakespeare Theatre Company at the Lansburg Theatre, Washington, DC. June 5-July 29, 2007. Directed by Michael Kahn. Set by Walt Spangler. Costumes by Murell Horton. Lighting by Charlie Morrison. Compositions by Adam Wernick. Sound by Martin Desjardins. Fights by David Leong. Puppet Design by Aaron Cromie. With Jeffrey Carlson (Hamlet), Robert Cuccioli (Claudius), Janet Zarish (Gertrude), Ted van Griethuysen (Ghost, First Player, Lucianus, Gravedigger), Robert Jason Jackson (Polonius), Kenajuan Bentley (Laertes), Michelle Beck (Ophelia), Pedro Pascal (Horatio), David L. Townsend (Rosencrantz), J. Clint Alien (Guildenstern), and others.

This year, the Shakespeare Theatre Company broke from its usual practice of interspersing its Shakespearean productions with plays representing other eras and cultures. Two later plays, Ibsen's An Enemy of the People and George Farquhar's The Beaux Strategem, ran in the fall, and Richard III, Titus Andronicus, and Hamlet ran consecutively from January through June, 2007, in order to coincide with the Shakespeare in Washington Festival. Over 70 arts organizations coordinated more than 100 Shakespeare-related performances and exhibits, among them the Kirov Opera and Orchestra's Falstaffi, their sister company's production of Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet ballet, and the Royal Shakespeare Company's Coriolanus at the Kennedy Center; The Classical Theatre of Harlem's King Lear, a production of Purcell's The Fairy Queen, and an historical exhibit, Shakespeare in America, at the Folger; a series of performance space and set design exhibits at the National Building Museum; and more unusual fare, such as the Tiny Ninja Theater's Hamlet (featuring inch-high molded plastic ninjas and other figures manipulated by the director). Michael M. Kaiser, President of the Kennedy Center, originated the concept, and the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Artistic Director, Michael Kahn, acted as festival curator.

One suspects that the desire to present as many of the bard's plays as possible during the festival and to spread them equitably among the many participants may have affected the Shakespeare Theatre's roster for the 2006-07 Season. Generally, the lineup includes a mix of genres, and always at least one Shakespearean comedy or romance. This year's fare--two tragedies and a history with tragic overtones--seemed especially bleak. For regular patrons, past productions of two of the plays lingered in not-too-distant memory: Richard III (2003) and Hamlet (2002).

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