Northeast Stage will present Richard III, William Shakespeare’s classic story of pure Machiavellian evil, in a Covid-friendly live stream format on Thanksgiving Saturday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m.
The two-hour show, which will be streamed live on YouTube, will be followed by a live question and answer session with the actors at 10 p.m.
Directed by Colin Palmer, Richard III is a tale of The House of York, which has recently won the War of the Roses, but Richard of Gloucester, the youngest brother of the new king, dreams of one day ruling himself. His mind warped by his own physical deformities, Richard plots to seize power, destroying everyone who stands between him and the throne.
This production stars John Bradley, Ben Eager, Tim Ferris, Justin Harris, Amy Ippolito, Christian Leporer, A.D. Newcomer, Colin Palmer, Joseph Podlas, Christine Richard, Mark Sisson, Sarah Storjohann, Dan Yaiullo and John Yaiullo.
Many of these actors first performed Richard III in 2017, in a live production presented by East End Mobile Theatre.
This production was created using actors scattered in different places, unable to rehearse together or perform together, and presented some unique challenges and opportunities.
This show will both be classic live Shakespeare, and also unlike any live production.
While the production is free, donations are encouraged as they will support next summer’s free Shakespeare in the Park in Greenport’s Mitchell Park and at other venues around the East End.