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The African Company Presents Richard III

richard III 

By Carlyle Brown

Thursday-Saturday, February 3-5, 2011, at 7:30pm
Tuesday-Saturday, February 8-12, 2011, at 7:30pm
Sunday, February 13, 2011, at 3pm

Studio Theatre

Thrumming with ire, The African Company Presents Richard III encounters African Americans and whites at a crossroads in history. Fifty years before voting rights were won and 40 years before the Civil War, the African Company of New York was at once satirizing white society and eager to inject the black vernacular into its productions. When a white producer imports an English star for his rival production of Richard III and manipulates the police into shuttering the African Company, the troupe rebounds with a plan to grow its audience beyond the borders of its stage. With a world premiere in 1987, this play by Carlyle Brown questions the ways in which we find empowerment, how art speaks to universal experiences, and how we value culture.

Director: Robert Ramirez

Scenic Designer: Jennifer R. Anderson*

Costume Designer: Annaliese Weber*

Lighting Designer: Brianna Sue Johnson*

Sound Designer: Robert Dagit*

Properties Master: Adriane Binky Donley

Hair/Makeup Coordinator: René Chadwick

Stage Manager: Devin Whitehouse**

Technical Director: Linda Esperance*

Dramaturgs: Andrew Carlson and Yu-Yun Hsieh

Cast

James Hewlett: Julian Parker

Ann: Kalyn N. C. Rivers

Billy Brown: Mark West

Sarah: Deandria Janice Kelley

Papa Shakespeare: René Thornton Jr. (the actor appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States)

Stephen Price: Doug West

Constable: Ethan Gardner

Ensemble: Monica Lopez and Charlie Lubeck

Production Staff

Assistant to the Director: Astarte Howell

Assistant Stage Managers: Yeseul Hwang,** Austin Lin,** and Lindsey Merriman**

Assistant Lighting Designer: JP Ankrom**

Assistant Sound Designer: Josh Willcox**

Assistant Properties Master: Angela Jorgensen

Master Electrician: JP Ankrom**

Audio Technician: William Carlson

Production Running Crew: Rika Donegan, Gina Dunn, Esdras Etrenne, Ryan Jenkins, and Charles Miericke

Costume Running Crew: Megan Betti, Angela Jorgensen, and Akua Sarhene

Hair and Makeup Crew: Julianne Aker

Lighting Running Crew: Chris Kurtz and Kevin Qiu

*LEVEL21 MFA student

**LEVEL21 BFA student