Thursday November 8, 2012

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. Lourie is assisted by a talented group of artists and designers, including MaryKay Dempewolff on costumes, Matthew Stone on Lighting, Kathryn Tilton on properties, Sam Hurlburt on Sound Design and Jon Craine on Scenic Design.

The production is partially supported by a grant from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.