“Conscience is but a word that cowards use,

Devised at first to keep the strong in awe”

Politics is a game for Richard, a wickedly funny hunchback on a bloody campaign to seize the English crown. He may be backstabbing and manipulative, but he is so mesmerizing you can’t look away. For the fractious ruling elite, a deal with the devil seems a small price to pay to gain power — until the game has consequences. Founding company member Christopher Gerson stars as the charismatic villain in Shakespeare’s fast paced thriller.

“… the production is spell binding

….A muscular production that captures the audience throughout, from Richard’s opening lines, “Now is the winter of our discontent,” through his downfall on the battlefield, where he desperately cries “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!

Central to this is a fantastic performance by Christopher Gerson in the title role. As malevolent as Richard is, it is impossible to look away from his obsessive quest for power. In Gerson’s portrayal, his steely resolve, unbounded energy, and the wit of his deceit impress even as we are appalled by his horrific thoughts and deeds….”
             -Arty Dorman, Talkin Broadway

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2017: Richard III (Great River Shakespeare Festival, 2017)

Cast

Caroline AmosLady Anne/Citizen/Messenger
Benjamin BoucvaltDuke of Buckingham
Christopher Gerson*Richard, Duke of Gloucester
Alex GivensLord Rivers/Bishop of Ely/Duke of Norfolk
Stephanie Lambourn*Queen Elizabeth
Katie LeSuerDuchess of York/Citizen/Earl of Oxford
Melissa Maxwell*Queen Margaret/Citizen/Scrivener/Sir James Blunt
Duncan McIntyreLord Hastings/Sir Richard Ratcliffe
Christopher PeltierMurderer/Lord Mayor/Sir James Tyrrel/Henry, Earl of Richmond
Silas SellnowSir William Catesby
Jason Michael Spelbring*…..George, Duke of Clarence/King Edward IV/Lord Stanley
Emma BucknamRichard, Duke of York
Adeline MattheesEdward, Prince of Wales

*Member Actors’ Equity Association

Creative Team

Doug Scholz-Carlson ……Director
Bryan HuntText Coach
R. Eric Stone^ Set Designer
Rebecca Bernstein Costume Designer
Lonnie Alcaraz^ Lighting Designer
Katharine HorowitzOriginal Music and Sound Designer
Connor McEvoy Properites
Laura F. Wendt*Stage Manager
Doug Scholz-CarlsonFight Choreographer
Travis HuddlestonFight Captain
Nico QuinnAssistant Director
Tyree FranklinAssistant Stage Manager
Joseph MillettProduction Manager

^Member, United Scenic Artists

Christian Wilson Understudy Richard
Mitchell Holsclaw Understudy Catesby/Ratcliffe/Richmond
Anique Clements Understudy Queen Elizabeth/Richmond Supporter
Jonathan Contreras Understudy Hastings/Guard/Rivers/Citizen/Cardinal/Lord Mayor/Priest/Bishop of Ely/Norfolk/River’s Ghost
Ashee Jaafaru Understudy Anne/Murderer/Guard/Citizen/Young Prince/Duke of York/Messenger/Herbert/Oxford/Ghosts/Richmond Supporter
Luke Atchley Understudy Clarence/King Edward/Stanley/Tyrell/Clarence Ghost
Ali Kertz-Brooks Understudy Margaret/Guard/Citizen/Duchess of York/Messenger/Scrivener/Blunt/Ghost
Madison Scot Understudy Buckingham/Murderer/Richmond Supporter