Cell phone with image of bones on itBy William Shakespeare

Adapted by: Toby Malone

Directed by: Jennifer Roberts-Smith

Performances: November 13-16, 2013

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern                  Languages Building


Re-imagined into our modern, media-driven world, the UWaterloo Drama production of Shakespeare's Richard III presented a fresh take on the nature of power and the manner in which public discourse is deployed, distorted, and manipulated in our highly mediated society.

Richard III remains the world’s most popular history play, a reputation only heightened by the 2013 discovery of the historical king’s bones under an English parking lot.  Richard’s relentless rise to power shows that tyranny relies as much on mass-acceptance as force or manipulation, and sometimes that trajectory can be slowed by the simplest acts of resistance. Reimagined into our modern, media-driven world, UWaterloo Drama’s Richard III presented a fresh take on the nature of power and manner in which public discourse is deployed, distorted, and manipulated in our highly mediated society.

Aided by faculty, staff, alumnus and student designers, Bill Chesney (Set/props), Sharon E. Secord (costumes), Tallen Kay and Paul Cegys (video) and Hilary Pitman (lighting), director Jennifer Roberts-Smith created a modern world where social media, real life, and high-definition staged broadcasts vied for the audience’s attention. Set in a mediated observatory that gave Richard the power to see and be seen, this new adaptation asked what the history of the maligned English monarch could tell us about ourselves. Is tyranny any more visible to us in the hyper-mediated age of the Internet than it was in Shakespeare's time? How can we know it when we see it? And when and how should we oppose it?

Cast (by faction)

Patrick Pinnell - King Edward IV

Derek McGill - The Duke of Clarence

Meghan Jones - The Duchess of York

Adam Lemieux - Sir William Hastings

Erik Johnson - Brakenbury

Leah Magdalen - Queen Elizabeth

Alan Shonfield - The Young King

Tyler Collins - The Duke of York

Alan Shonfield - The Earl Rivers

Ryan Bassett - Richard

Andreea Hluscu - Duke of Buckingham

Jessica Blondin - Catesby

Mollie Garrett - Techie

Derrick Rabethge - James Tyrell

Kandi Prosser - Lady Ann Neville

Brendan Stehouwer - Prince Edward

Sam Beuerle - King Henry IV

William Innes - Lord Mayor of London

James Miniou - Lord Stanley

Tyler Collins - Young George

Earl of Richmond Citizens:

William Innes

Adam Lemieux

Derrick Rabethge

Soo-Ram Kim

Shantanu Thaivappil

Erik Johnson

Laura McVey

Rebecca Birrell

Patrick Pinnell

Holly Bouillon

Creative Team

Director - Jannifer Roberts-Smith

Dramaturg - Toby Malone

Set/Props Designer - William Chesney

Costume Designer - Sharon E. Secord

Video Designer - Tallen Key

Lighting Designer - Hilary Pitman

Sound Designer - Gill Lesperance

Design Consultant - Paul Cegys

Fight Director - Daniel Levinson

Production Team

Production Manager - Janelle Rainville

Technical Director - Gil Lesperance

Assistant Production Manager - Jane Honek

Stage Manager - Kelly Conlan

Assistant Stage Managers - Kelsey Sewell, Jackie Mahoney, Carleigh MacDonald

Head of Carpentry - Michael To

Head of Props/Paint - Madeline Samms

Head of Wardrobe - Michael To

Head of Lighting - Sam Beuerle

Head of Sound - Stefan Radic

Head of Video - Eric Kim

Head of Publicity - Katie Stewart

Fight Captains - Derrick Rabethge, Soo-Ram Kim


Carla Rodrigo

Lorena Almanaz

Meghan Landers

Mollie Garrett

Nicole Amaral

Sydney Spidell

Alice Wang

Andrew Labre

Cameron Jolliffe

Carly Derderian

Marielle Lyon

Zac Gungl

Special thank-yous

Theatre Aquarius

Shaw Festival

Young People’s Theatre

Bob Martin

Mary-Jo Carter Dodd

Zac Gungl

Katie Smith

Katie Smith

Cassandra Cline

Glenn Stillar

Kevin McLeod


Jennifer Janik

Jill Tomasson Goodwin

Dave Goodwin

Kevin Hansen

Christine Cameron

Will Innes


Keith McGowan

Nevill Bromley

Christie Digital Systems

Jane Honek

Mark Haasnoot