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New York Classical Theatre presents "Richard III" with All-Female, Gender-Fluid Cast

originally published: 05/29/2023

New York Classical Theatre presents "Richard III" with All-Female, Gender-Fluid Cast

(NEW YORK, NY) -- New York Classical Theatre has announced an all-female, gender-fluid, and disability-forward cast for Shakespeare’s Richard III. The production, directed by Burdman, will play in Central Park from June 13 to June 25; in Brooklyn Commons at Metrotech from June 27 to July 2; and in Carl Schurz Park from July 4 to July 9. All performances are free and open to the public.

Richard III may be Shakespeare’s most evil character. See an ensemble of seven women and gender-fluid performers tackle his rise to power in a story filled with familial manipulation, egregious murder, and political deceit. 

The production stars Delaney Feener (Single (SXSW), Oregon Shakespeare Festival)--a performer with a limb difference--as Richard, Kristen Calgaro (NYCT’s The Importance of Being EarnestThe Rivals, HBO’s “Exeunt”) as Queen Elizabeth/Richmond, Connie Castanzo (NYCT’s The Importance of Being EarnestRomeo & Juliet) as Lady Anne/Prince Edward/Rivers/Tyrell, Briana Gibson Reeves (Off-Broadway’s Made By God, American Shakespeare Center) as King Edward/Catesby/Archbishop, Lucy Lavely (Off-Broadway's Arthur & EstherSelf-Help In the AnthropoceneKnots) as Buckingham/Clarence, Rami Margron (La Jolla Playhouse’s As You Like It, Hulu’s “Wedding Season,” HBO’s “That Damn Michael Che”) as Hastings/Ratcliffe, and Pamela Sabaugh (Off-Broadway’s Molly SweeneyThe Healing) as Duchess of York/Stanley. 

Richard III features production design by Sabrinna Fabi (NYCT’s CymbelineKing Lear; Broadway’s Moulin Rouge!), voice and speech coaching by Nora Leonhardt (NYCT’s King Lear, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”), fight direction by Sean Michael Chin (NYCT’s CymbelineKing LearRomeo & Juliet, Greek National Opera’s Medea), production stage management by Madison Lane (NYCT’s King Lear), assistant stage management by Miriam Hyfler (NYCT’s Henry V), production supervision by Yetti Steinman (New York Classical Theatre), wardrobe supervision by Zola Gray, and casting by Stephanie Klapper. 

All performances run from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. New York Classical Theatre requests that all planning to attend make a free reservation for access to the Digital Playbill and for inclement weather updates. Walk-up participants are welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis on the day of the performance based on the size of the park lawn. Free reservations, performance details, and weather updates can be found at nyclassical.org/richardiii.

The mission of New York Classical Theatre is to create and reinvigorate audiences for the theatre by presenting all-free productions of popular classics and forgotten masterpieces in public spaces throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. We are also committed to developing and producing new plays by living playwrights that enrich and expand our understanding of what defines a classic.

New York Classical firmly believes that everyone—regardless of social, economic, or educational background—should have the opportunity to enjoy live professional theatre together as a community. Our free, engaging performances interpreted for approachable spaces inspire experienced theatergoers to reconnect with the classics and build new and future audiences.

Now celebrating our 24th Season, New York Classical has served nearly 300,000 people with 45 all-free productions: The Rewards of Being Frank (co-produced with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company), Cymbeline (2022, 2008), King Lear (2021, 2009), The Importance of Being Earnest: Two Ways (2018), Romeo & JulietMacbeth (2017, 2008, 2001), The RivalsThe Winter’s Tale (2016, 2004), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016, 2000), Measure for MeasureThe Taming of the Shrew (2015, 2002), As You Like It (2014, 2005), The TempestThe SeagullA {15-Min!} Christmas Carol (2017, 2013, 2012), Twelfth Night (2012, 2002), Playing MoliereHenry VThe School for HusbandsThe RoverMuch Ado About Nothing (2010, 2003), Richard IIIHamletMisallianceThe Recruiting OfficerLove’s Labour’s LostThe Comedy of ErrorsMary StuartAll’s Well That Ends WellScapinThe Feigned CourtesansThe Triumph of Love, and King Ubu.



 
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