The Shakespeare Players: Richard II, by William Shakespeare

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Apr
10
7:30 pm
Apr
11
7:30 pm
Apr
12
2:00 pm
Apr
16
7:30 pm
Apr
17
7:30 pm
Apr
18
7:30 pm
Apr
19
2:00 pm
Apr
22
7:30 pm
Apr
24
7:30 pm
Apr
25
7:30 pm

The Shakespeare Players program of the Rochester Community Players presents BuyTickets_240px-no-feeRichard II, by William Shakespeare.

Director: Peter Scribner

Richard II and The Henriad

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Richard II smallIn 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.

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.

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The Shakespeare Players program of the Rochester Community Players celebrates William Shakespeare’s 451th Birthday

Apr
23
7:30 pm

The Shakespeare Players program of the Rochester Community Players celebrates William Shakespeare’s 451th Birthday Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 PM at MuCCC Theater! There is no admission charge; donations are gratefully welcome. This is a fundraiser for our Shakespeare program, so give Will what you will.

MuCCC College Theater Festival

May
8
7:30 pm
May
9
2:00 pm
May
9
7:30 pm
May
10
2:00 pm

MuCCC College Theater Festival

note: appropriate for adult audiences

students with ID         $5 advance/ $8 door

General Admission-   $8 advance/ $12 at door

Goals:  To provide exposure to young directors, college actors, and original work** created by college students. To encourage the use of MuCCC as a professional spring board for artists just emerging from training.

Festival Content:

  • A week festival in early May (just after most finals) of college student directed, written or created short plays ranging from 7-25 minutes in length and presented in groups of 4-6.
  • Each performance would represent a variety of schools encouraging intercommunication between theatre artists and educators in the Rochester area. There would be two programs (A, & B) each featuring plays from different institutions. Each program will be performed twice. THIS MAY CHANGE BASED ON NUMBER OF ENTRIES
  • Following select performances, there will be a moderated talk-back between audience and directors.

**  any production that has been developed and contributed to primarily by students is eligible for inclusion in this year’s festival.

For example, a play written by students but directed by a faculty member is eligible for inclusion, because the majority of creative contribution (the script itself) was put forth by students.

The College at Brockport, Monroe Community College, NTID

(?Nazareth College, SUNY Geneseo?)

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PRACTICING GODOT

May
16
2:00 pm

PRACTICING GODOT

Saturday, May 16, 2:00pm

Two actresses meet each other for the first rehearsal of an all-female production of the famed playWaiting for Godot, but their different backgrounds may throw them and the show out of control – then there’s the neurotic stage manager who would rather be anywhere else and the veteran star who gets called in to sort it all out…

This homage-parody comes from the absurdist portion of the mind of Justin Rielly, the playwright of Kind Souls Chasing and A Different Normal and the founder of the label Aspie Works. 

Grace

May
22
7:30 pm
May
23
7:30 pm
May
28
7:30 pm
May
29
7:30 pm
May
30
2:00 pm
May
30
7:30 pm

Out Of Pocket Productions present: Grace

BuyTickets_240px-no-feeby Craig Wright
Director Jeff Siuda

Description:

Grace is a tragicomedy that explores human assumptions about how God, goodness, faith and causality operate in the cosmic machinery. Steve and Sara have relocated to Sunrise, Florida to pursue an unbelievably wonderful business deal, but as the deal slowly unravels and Steve finds himself afflicted with an itch that just won’t stop, Sara finds herself increasingly drawn to their next-door neighbor, Sam, a badly-scarred victim of a recent car accident who wants nothing to do with her or her Bible-quoting husband. In the end, with a little help from an old German exterminator who’s still angry about the Allied bombing of Hamburg in World War II, all three characters are confronted by a world that’s both better and worse than any religion can justify.

Dates:

5/22, 5/23, 5/28, 5/29, 5/30 at 7:30 and Matinee on 5/30 at 2:00

 

Prices:

Advance: $10 Students/Seniors | $15 Adult

At Door: $15 Students/Seniors | $20 Adult

 

GHOST LIGHT

Jun
19
7:30 pm

GHOST LIGHT
ghostlightposter2Community theater director Max Campbell lives in the same building where he staged his great work.  Yet when a politician threatens to tear it down in the name of jobs, he must confront the waves of change coming to him – along with the theater’s resident ghost, an actress with a personal connection.  Aspie Works founder Justin Rielly (A Different NormalKind Souls Chasing) premieres his latest work in this “pay-what-you-will” staged reading.
Ghost Light for Friday, June 19 at 7:30pm

John W. Borek presents Another Broken Machine an evening of short plays by Louie Podlaski vol. II

Jun
20
7:00 pm

John W. Borek presents
Another Broken Machine an evening of short plays by Louie Podlaski vol. II
Saturday, June 20th 2015 7PM
A lifelong servant turns the tables on his vicious employer with terrifying results and harsh truths revealed, A popular Florida drag queen interrogated by the police as prime suspect in a murder drives the men in blue nuts, A former dancer tragically paralyzed reflects on her life before and after the devastating accident, Highly competitive newspaper men in 1947 NYC struggle to meet deadlines and ruin each other’s reputation for the elusive headline, A widow bartender at a karaoke bar pours drinks, tells raunchy jokes and discovers the value of life, love and family. These are the stories of Another Broken Machine, a collection of short plays by Louie Podlaski; a follow-up to the playwrights’ highly successful Slow Parade in 2009, five new short plays written exclusively for this evening, featuring the directing talents of Billy DeMetsenaere, Jean Gordon Ryon, Diane M. Mashia, Bonnie Meath-Lang, Robert Sharman, with a special appearance by Zahyia Rolle linking the stories with her captivating voice. It is sure to be an evening of multiple talented local collaborators of theatre, dance and music not to be missed.
WARNING: Strong language, depictions of victimization, strong themes, not recommended for children.