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

King Edward's Faction
King Edward IV - Patrick Pinnell
 
The Duke of Clarence - Derek McGill
 
The Duchess of York - Meghan Jones
 
Sir William Hastings - Adam Lemieux
 
Brakenbury - Erik Johnson
 
Queen Elizabeth's Faction
Queen Elizabeth - Leah Magdalen
 
The Young King - Alan Shonfield
 
The Duke of York - Tyler Collins
 
Earl Rivers - Alan Shonfield
 
Duke of Gloucester's Faction
Richard - Ryan Bassett
 
Buckingham - Andreea Hluscu
 
Catesby - Jessica Blondin
 
Techie - Mollie Garrett
 
James Tyrell - Derrick Rabethge
 
Lady Anne Neville's Faction
Lady Anne Neville - Kandi Prosser
 
Prince Edward - Brendan Stehouwer
 
King Henry IV - Sam Beuerle
 
Lord Mayor of London's Faction
Mayor - William Innes
 
Lord Stanley - James Miniou
 
Young George - Tyler Collins
 
Earl of Richmond - Alan Shonfield
 
Citizens - Soo-Ram Kim, Shantanu Thaivalappil, Laura McVey, Rebecca Birrell, Holly Bouillon
 

Creative team

Director - Jennifer Roberts-Smith
 
Dramaturg - Toby Malone
 
Set/Props Designer - William Chesney
 
Lighting Designer - Hilary Pitman
 
Costume Designer - Sharon E. Secord
 
Video Designer - Tallen Kay
 
Sound Designer - Gill Lesperance
 
Fight Director - Daniel Levinson
 
Make-up Artist for video - Cassandra Cline
 

Design Consultant - Paul Cegys

Stage Manager - Kelly Conland
 
Assistant Stage Managers - Kelsey Sewell, Jackie Mahoney, Carleigh MacDonald
 

Crew

Production Manager - Janelle Rainville

Technical Director - Gill Lesperance
 

Assistant Production Manager - Jane Honek

Head of Carpentry - Michael To

Head of Props/Paint - Madeline Samms

Head of Wardrobe -  Martina Commisso

Head of Lighting - Sam Beuerle

Head of Video - Eric Kim

Head of Sound - Stefan Radic

Head of Publicity - Katie Stewart

Fight Captains - Derrick Rabethge & Soo-Ram Kim

Crew: 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 thanks to

Theatre Aquarius
Shaw Festival
Young People's Theatre
Barb Martin
Mary-Jo Carter Dodd
Zac Gungl
Katie Smith
Cassadra Cline
Glenn Stillar
Kevin McLeod
REAP
Jennifer Janik
Jill Tomasson Goodwin
Dave Goodwin
Kevin Hansen
Christian Cameron
Will Innes
CCAT
Ketih McGowan
Nevill Bromley
Christie Digital Systems
Jane Honek
Mark Haasnoot