STRAWDOG THEATRE COMPANY

3829 N Broadway       Chicago, IL 60613       tel: 773.528.9696

SEASON 26

Strawdog Theatre Company + Old Town
"As visualized by director Nic Dimond, the struggle for the throne of England is a family
affair ... as intimate as that of a Eugene O'Neill drama." — Windy City Times
"Richard III is razor-sharp" — Daily Herald
"All in all, electrifying."— ArtsJournal.com
RICHARD III by William Shakespeare, directed by Nic Dimond
February 23, 2008
through March 29
Friday & Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm
Tickets $20 ($15 student/senior)
Richard III Performance Calendar
February 2008
Thu 21

Preview
8:00 PM
$10
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Fri 22

Preview
8:00 PM
$10
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Sat 23

Special Benefit
Performance
7:00 PM
$40
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reception will
follow
Sun 24

Opening
7:00 PM
$20
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  Fri 29

8:00 PM
$20
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March 2008
    Sat 1

8:00 PM
$20
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Sun 2

7:00 PM
$20
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Mon 3

Industry Night
8:00 PM
$20/$5
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Fri 7

8:00 PM
$20
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Sat 8

8:00 PM
$20
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Sun 9

7:00 PM
$20
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Thu 13

8:00 PM
$30
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Fri 14

8:00 PM
$20
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Sat 15

8:00 PM
$20
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Sun 16

7:00 PM
$20
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Fri 21

8:00 PM
$20
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Sat 22

8:00 PM
$20
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Sun 23

Easter
NO SHOW
Mon 24

Industry Night
8:00 PM
$20/$5
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Thu 27

8:00 PM
$20
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Fri 28

8:00 PM
$20
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Sat 29

Closing
8:00 PM
$30
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Nic Dimond's lean, mean production of Richard III is anchored by a charismatic title role performance by Strawdog ensemble member John Henry Roberts and a soulful one by Jennifer Avery as Queen Elizabeth. The fine supporting cast barely fits all at once in Strawdog's tiny performance space, but Joe Schermoly's pared-down set makes the most of the claustrophobia. All in all, electrifying.
— "About Last Night" on ArtsJournal.com
(see full article)
The production reflects the company's trademark approach to Shakespeare, which involves paring the text to its essentials. The result is a crisp, contemporary adaptation that comes in at an unheard-of two hours and 15 minutes. But Dimond's prudently trimmed and tweaked, briskly paced production is no speed-through. It's a tightly focused show, propelled by a primed, well-rehearsed cast and Miles Polaski's slashing, propulsive score that pairs orchestral pomp with angry guitars to great effect.
Daily Herald
(see full article)
As visualized by director Nic Dimond, the struggle for the throne of England is a family affair, its intricacies marked by intrigues forged among individuals within a circle as intimate as that of a Eugene O'Neill drama. The reduced logistics engendered by this approach, in turn, render the play's convoluted plot more coherent than in conventionally-cluttered productions... there is no faulting the performances of James Anthony Zoccoli as the betrayed Buckingham, Anita Deely as a refreshingly composed Lady Anne and Janet Ulrich Brooks as a likewise refreshingly articulate Margaret of Anjou. The centerpiece of the evening, however, is the magnificent second-act confrontation of Jennifer Avery's feisty Elizabeth with John Henry Roberts' nerdy school-shooter Richard, whose wiles cannot sway his stubborn adversary to compliance ... this Clash of Wills—which we barely remember in other productions—is well worth the wait.
Windy City Times (see full article)
Strawdog Artistic Director Nic Dimond, architect of our hit productions of Julius Caesar and Measure for Measure continues Strawdog's 20th Season exploration of the theme of dynasty, taking on a mean new cutting of Shakespeare's classic story of a man who carves his way through his family, cutting every throat that stands between him and the throne.

 
 
 

players
Jennifer Avery *
   as Queen Elizabeth
Chase Barhorst
   as Dorset
Janet Ulrich Brooks
   as Queen Margaret
Brennan Buhl
   as Tyrrel
Anita Deely *
   as Lady Anne
Steve Evans
   as Cardinal
Carmine Grisolia *
   as Richmond
Lynne Hall
   as Duchess of York
Anderson Lawfer *
   as George of Clarence
Jack McCabe
   as Archbishop of York
Eric Pogrelis
   as Executioner/Bishop
John Henry Roberts *
   as Richard
Mike Shields
   as Grey
Noah Simon
   as King Edward IV
Sean Sinitski
   as Rivers
Rob Skrocki
   as Lord Mayor of London
Kevin Stark
   as Catesby
Anthony Tournis
   as Executioner/Bishop
James Anthony Zoccoli *
   as Duke of Buckingham

production
Author
    William Shakespeare
Director
    Nic Dimond *
Set Design
    Joe Schermoly
Light Design
    Seth Reinick
Costume Design
    Nikki Delhomme
Props Design
    Daniel Pellant
Sound Design
    Miles Polaski
Fight Choreographer
    Matt Hawkins
Dramaturge
    Amber Bel'cher
Stage Manager
    Tom Mackey
Production Manager
    Cortney Hurley

* = Strawdog company member