A preview of R II, the essence of Shakespeare’s Richard II

The Theatre @ Boston Court presents “R II”
text by William Shakespeare
conceived, adapted and directed by Jessica Kubzansky

playing at Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, CA through October 13, 2013

Stripped to its very essence, Kubzansky’s Richard II is theatrical, raw, and performed with only three actors. As Richard says: “thus play I in one person many people—and none contented.” Shakespeare’s tale still resonates deeply today, posing the ultimate identity crisis. When arrogant King Richard is deposed by Bolingbroke, who has good reason to lead a rebellion and seize the crown, Richard is left bewildered as he struggles to find a new identity, and Bolingbroke is overwhelmed by how hard it is to be king. After all, who are we without our names or titles?


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