The Shakespeare Players program of the Rochester Community Players presents Richard II, by William Shakespeare.
Director: Peter Scribner
Richard II and The Henriad
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In 2015, The Shakespeare Players will present the four plays of Shakespeare’s second tetralogy of history plays known as “The Henriad”. The first entry, “Richard II” opens on April 10th at MuCCC. “Henry IV, Parts One and Two” will be performed, in repertory, at Highland Park from June 26th to July 18th. The series concludes with “Henry V” at MuCCC in November.
The first play, “Richard II” chronicles the final two years and the downfall of Richard II, a flawed monarch. Shakespeare, now fully mature as a playwright, graces this play with some of his greatest poetry. Directed by Peter Scribner, this classic open “The Henriad” for 2015.
RICHARD II OPENS FRIDAY, APRIL 10; FIRST OF FOUR “HENRIAD” HISTORY PLAYS: The Shakespeare Players program of the Rochester Community Players present Richard II, by William Shakespeare, April 10 to 25, 2015 (performance schedule below), at MuCCC Theater, 142 Atlantic Avenue (directions on the Venues page of our website).
Richard II is Shakespeare’s masterful drama of a king who lost his throne and gained insight into his soul. Tickets are $19 General Admission; $14 Seniors (over age 65); $9 Juniors (under age 25); tickets are available online at muccc.org or by phone at 866-811-4111 (there is a $1 per order fee for phone orders)
Richard II will be the first of four history plays, known in Shakespeare circles as the “Henriad”, staged by the company. Set in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Century, these plays tell the tale of the fall of King Richard II, the insurgencies battled by his successor, Henry IV, and the maturation of his son from playboy hanging out with lowlifes like John Falstaff to the great warrior king, Henry V (see the Wikipedia link for The ‘Henriad’)
We will perform Henry IV part 1 and Henry IV part 2 this summer as two separate plays, staged in repertory (performed on alternate nights) at the Free Shakespeare at the Highland Park Bowl in late June and early July, and Henry V will be staged at MuCCC Theater in November.
Richard II is directed by Peter Scribner, President of the Rochester Community Players and founder of RCP’s Shakespeare Players program. Unlike other MuCCC productions, this show will be staged with the audience surrounding the acting area on three sides. Half the seating has been moved to the opposite side of the theater, and the acting area is located in the center of the theater. The show will feature several other Elizabethan staging practices, such as direct contact between the audience and characters, continuous action (no blackouts or scene changes) and a production script based on the 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare’s works.
The cast: Brad Craddock, a member of the faculty at the Rochester School of the Arts, will be performing the title role as King Richard. Craddock has performed with the Shakespeare Players many times, most recently as Edgar in King Lear last Fall. His nemesis, Henry Bolingbroke, is portrayed by Jeffery Jones, who has performed with us many times before, as Iago in Othello and as the King in Richard III, among other roles. Jones will continue with the character this summer at the Highland Bowl, as Henry Bolingbroike becomes King Henry IV. Other cast members well familiar to local audiences include Thomas Bohrer, Roger Gans, Midge Marshall, and Richard Mancini.
Performance Schedule: Ten performances are scheduled:
Friday, April 10 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 PM
Sunday April 12 at 2:00
Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 PM
Friday, April 17 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 PM
Sunday April 19 at 2:00
Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30 PM
Friday, April 24 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $19 general admission, $14 seniors (over age 65); $9 juniors (under age 25)
This production features some of Rochester’s finest Shakespearean actors. Pictured here, Jeffrey Jones as Henry Bolingbrook and Brad Craddock as the ill-fated Richard II.