RUTLAND -- The Paramount Theatre will present The Middlebury Actors Workshop production of Shakespeare’s Richard III Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and are available online at ParamountLive.org and at The Paramount Theatre Box Office located in downtown Rutland. Charge by phone orders can be placed by calling 802-775-0903. The Paramount is delighted to bring Middlebury Actor’s Workshop to the Paramount for a second straight season, following last season’s well-received production of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.
Richard III is a fascinating study of the psychology and politics of terror.
Richard, the charismatic hunchback, bullies, seduces and murders his way to the throne of England while establishing a relationship with the audience that makes it hard to know whether to hate him or to love him.
Director Melissa Lourie has cut Shakespeare’s script to a lean and compelling two hours. "This is a very accessible play," states Lourie.
"The language is not hard to follow, the story very simple. Richard wants the throne; Richard does anything to get it. There’s a lot of humor in it, and a lot of pathos." Paul Schnabel, a veteran actor of film and stage, is Richard, and Karen Lefkoe plays Queen Elizabeth, heading a cast of 25 actors in M. A. W. ‘s largest effort to date.
The production is partially supported by a grant from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.