CHICAGO — The Theatre School at
DePaul University presents William Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” directed by Jacob
Janssen. It is now playing and runs through Feb. 5 in the Sondra & Denis Healy Theatre at 2350 N. Racine Ave. on
DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. Performances for “Richard III” are from
Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester,
conspires, manipulates and murders his way onto the English throne, making more
than a few enemies along the way. Can Richard rule England? Or will his
misdeeds undo him? This Shakespearean classic explores the effects of morality,
or lack thereof, in a political state.
The cast features Delaney Feener as Richard, David Shea Petersen as Stanely/Clarence/Young
York, Elliot Gross as Ratcliff/King
Edward/Brackenbury, Nick Trengove as Hastings/Richmond/Tyrrel,
Anna Connelly as Lady Anna/Prince Edward, Skylar Okerstrom Lang as Catesby/River,
Emma Page as Young Elizabeth/Grey/Scrivener, Marjorie Muller as Queen Elizabeth, Daniel Gadaj as Buckingham, Chandler Smith as Dorset/Bishop/Murderer2,
Samantha Newcomb as Queen
Margaret/Lord Mayor/Herbert, and Dekyi
Ronge as (Duchess of York/Murderer1/Blunt.
The production staff includes Nick Sandys Pullin, fight director; Louis Colaianni, text coach; Patrice Egleston, movement coach; Jennifer Wernau, scenic designer; Elizabeth Martinez, costume designer; Jack Riley, lighting designer; Connor Wang, sound designer; Mariah Schultz, dramaturg; and Maggie Hoffecker, stage manager.
Janssen, an MFA Directing
candidate, class of 2018, is from Kiel, Wisconsin. In Washington, District of
Columbia, Janssen worked as a director and producer at several theatres,
most notably at Studio Theatre. He produced 16 plays for studio and many
workshops and readings. As a director at studio, Janssen worked on “Carrie: The Musical,” starring Barbara
Walsh, “10,000 Grey” with the
German company Machina Ex, and assisted on the world premiere of Lucas Hnath’s
“Red Speedo.” Other recent
directing projects include the world premiere of Peter Nachtrieb’s “The Totalitarians” at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company as assistant
director, and serving as the associate director of Caridad Svich’s “Jarman” with Force and Collision.
Prior to that, Janssen was the artistic director of The Plimoth Players, the
all-male Shakespeare company resident at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth,
Massachusetts. For Plimoth he directed “Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Romeo & Juliet,” “The
Tempest,” and “Twelfth Night.” Janssen
is an alumnus of Shakespeare Theatre’s Fellowship program and the
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Tickets are $15. Subscriptions and
group rates are also available. DePaul employees, alumni and college students
receive a discount with a valid ID. Tickets are available online or by calling
the box office at 773-325-7900.
For patrons who are blind or have
low-vision, the performance will be audio described Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. with a
pre-performance touch tour. If patrons require wheelchair accessibility,
companion seating or have any other hearing or vision needs, please contact the
box office at 773-325-7900.
School trains students to the highest level of professional skill and artistry
in inclusive and diverse conservatory setting. Additional information is at http://theatre.depaul.edu.