The Montford Park Players will present Shakespeare’s “Richard III” at the outdoor Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre in August. The play is free to the public. Actors pass the hat at intermission for donations.
Richard III has become relevant again in recent years with the discovery of his remains under a carpark in Leicester. While some historians have been trying to reverse the Tudor propaganda so evident in Shakespeare’s play, the Montford Park Players will revel in it. This will be Shakespeare’s greatest villain and dark comedian in all his glory. Richard addresses the audience directly as confidants in his schemes, an effect mimicked most recently by Frank Underwood in the popular HBO series, “House of Cards”. His bitterness at his outward disfigurement fuels an inward deformity. He sets his sights on becoming king at all costs, playing an elaborate game of chess at court, and leaving blood and chaos in his wake.
The Montford Park Players will set their production in an unnamed surveillance state at an unnamed time period. Technology will be used to give the audience the feeling that they are constantly being watched, putting them squarely in the middle of the paranoia of the time.
Patrons are encouraged to bring picnics to enjoy before and during the show. Alcohol is permitted at the amphitheatre. You can either bring your own food and drink, or purchase wine, local beer, and snacks on site.
“Richard III” runs Friday through Sunday, August 7 – 29th at 7:30 PM at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre at 92 Gay Street in Asheville. For more information call (828) 254-5146 or online at www.montfordparkplayers.org