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The Theatre School at DePaul University presents William Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’

Richard III
The Theatre School at DePaul University presents William Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” directed by Jacob Janssen. (Image by Grip Design)
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 directedMacbeth, 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.

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