Richard III

Acting Up (In Acadiana) presents Shakespeare’s
RICHARD III
--“I am determined to prove a villain…”

October 20, 21, and 22 2016 at 7:30 PM

All performances are at Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501

In the opening moments of Richard III, Richard speaks directly to the audience, declaring his intention to do whatever it takes to sit on the throne. We watch as the Yorks and Lancasters alike get caught in a web of Richard the Spider’s charm and violence. But is Richard’s tight web the root of his own undoing? In the 400th year of Shakespeare’s death, Acting Up (in Acadiana) interprets RICHARD III with a modern multi-media lens. Watch as Richard manipulates the media, and therefore the world around him, spinning information for political gain and power.

 

Acting Up (in Acadiana) came to this project through a long period of reflection on violence. Beginning in 2015, Acting Up felt compelled to react to recent tragic events, and the specter of violence worldwide. A long year followed, with the company developing new small theatre works and workshopping them with close confidantes. Eventually, the company members found themselves back at Shakespeare's door.

 

"Shakespeare's genius continues to resonate with us 400 years later. He captured human nature - and that simply doesn't change all that much," says company member Sarah Mikayla Brown. She adds, “AOC is an amazing resource we have in our community. The media components in Richard III were made possible because of this resource.”

 

“We have tossed the idea of Richard III around for years now. When we found our explorations of violence so very close to home, literally and figuratively, there was RICHARD III, offering some distance, but much resonance. My passion for Shakespeare is no secret to those who know me. Even with the difficult themes in ‘R3’—as I’ve been referring to it—there is a joy as we work together and marvel at the relevancy in 2016,” says artistic director Amy Waguespack.

 

"Richard III" also marks the continuation of an Acting Up tradition - election year productions. In '04 and '08, Acting Up produced a series of short plays penned by local authors, "The Patriot Acts." In 2012, they produced another series of shorts, simply titled "2012: The Ridiculous and the Profound." This year, "Richard III" will offer a reflection to patrons of the media bombardment we all experience in election years.

 

The professional company members from Acting Up (in Acadiana) anchor the reinterpretation of this classic, supported by a group of ensemble driven actors from the surrounding communities. George Saucier plays Richard; Hannah Briggs, Queen Elizabeth; Alicia Chaisson, the Duchess; Daniel LeBoeuf, Clarence and King Edward; Henri Hebert-Allemond, Richmond; David Guarisco, Stanley, Mackenzie McAnally, Hastings; Lian Cheramie, Queen Margeret; Sarah Mikayla Brown, Buckingham and Ashley Mays as Lady Anne. Other cast members include: Jason Knight, Cissy Whipp, Jeff Roberts, Ricky Briggs, Breanne Hernandez, Belle Saucier, Cameron Metrejean, Ian and Olivia Faul, Jess Tetnowski, Cathy Wagnon, Kerrie Chatelain-Milbert. Kayleigh Byrd, Madison Andrus, Destin and Debbie Briant.

 

Student Performance

Wednesday October 19th 9-11 AM

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If patrons arrive early on October 21 and 22, they will be treated to an acoustic set of music performed by Whistling Dixie with song-writer guitarist Kerrie Chatelain-Milbert, fiddle and mandolin player Richard Ducharme, and drummer Missy Maloney.

For more information, please contact (337) 739-4273 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For tickets, please contact (337) 233-7060 or www.acadianacenterforthearts.org

 

Tickets are $18/$16 for AcA members and $12 for students and seniors.

 
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