Gordon Goodman, John Barrymore, and William Shakespeare Convene Onstage

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Gordon Goodman as John Barrymore.

In 1963, Orson Welles was asked who the best Hamlet he’d ever seen was and he responded without hesitation, “Barrymore…he was a man of genius…” A legendary star of stage and screen, John Barrymore stretched beyond what even he might have thought himself capable of with his portrayals of Hamlet and Richard III. He was larger than life, charismatic, and charming like a rogue. But with fame came complications that included four failed marriages, a troubled mind, and a lifelong relationship with the bottle, in his endless search for love.  More

ZJU Theatre’s Young and Dark Richard III


W. Lochridge O’Bryan as Richard III. Photo by Zombie Joe’s Underground

All of its pieces add up to Shakespeare’s Richard III but Zombie Joe’s version directed by Denise Devin is certainly an oddball mix. Picture a thin, pale Duke of Gloucester (W. Lochridge O’Bryan) with hollow cheekbones and sunken eyes who looks to be barely out of his twenties, a Lady Anne (Anna Gillcrist) with the essence (and visual resemblance) of Julia Stiles, and a wild-eyed Margaret (Tina Preston) with the haunted look of the almost dead, and you get the idea.

Most of the actors, with exception of O’Bryan, Preston, and Sarah Fairfax (Elizabeth), play multiple roles, with much of the cast skewing on the young side. The basics are there, but if you aren’t familiar with the story and the relationships, it isn’t always easy to distinguish one character from another. This can be a challenging play for those without the life experience or length of Shakespeare study to fully engage with the text at a visceral level. It can also limit an ensemble member’s ability to clearly communicate which of his characters he is portraying in any given moment.  More

Denise Devin on Researching Richard III for Zombie Joe’s Upcoming Production

Richard III ZJUZombie Joe’s Underground is getting ready to open Richard III on May 10 and what a wild ride it promises to be. The North Hollywood theatre company has become well-known for its action-packed, explosive adaptations of Shakespeare’s classics and director Denise Devin is having a field day doing the research on one of Shakespeare’s greatest villains. According to Devin, she is “trying to go with historically more accurate, age appropriate characters, (except the young princes), and remember the relationships they all had. So my Richard is only 31. There is no reference in the play as to age; it is just traditionally played older. But I am going with a Richard, who in real life died at 32.”

She also plans to add in the prior relationships through directing, not script adds, and says she’s found them to be “much more dysfunctional than any soap opera on television today. When I really dug into them, I couldn’t quite believe it…and the human mistakes made.”  More

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Presents RICHARD III

Richard III ZJU

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group presents Shakespeare’s beautiful and bloody journey of one man’s Machiavellian rise to power and ultimate descent into madness, terror and death, Richard III, directed by Denise Devin. The show will run May 10 – June 16, Fridays at 8:30 pm and Sundays at 7:00 pm at ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Tickets are $15. For reservations call (818) 202-4120 and for more information, visit www.Zombiejoes.com.

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Orange County’s Richard III

John Walcutt as Richard III. Photos by Mark Samala


Shakespeare Orange County Opens Season with Richard III

Shakespeare Orange County opens their twenty first season with Richard III in their Garden Grove open air Festival Amphitheatre July 19 – August 4. Returning this year are John Walcutt as Richard, Evelyn Carol Case as Queen Elizabeth and Amanda Zarr as Lady Anne. Veteran company member Carl Reggiardo directs this production.

Reggiardo compares the character of Richard to the ultimate example of the ‘Killer King,’ or the ‘Poisoned Prince.’ “He lets nothing and no one stand in the way of his quest for power,” says Reggiardo. Richard III abounds with themes of family vs. family, father vs. son, and More

Highlights From Richard III at The Old Globe

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Lindsay Posner
June 3 – Sept 29, 2012
Tickets: www.theoldglobe.org

First Look at The Old Globe’s Richard III

Jay Whittaker as Richard III. Photos by Henry DiRocco

Richard III, The Old Globe
June 3 – Sept. 30, 2012

CREATIVE TEAM: Adrian Noble (2012 Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director; Director, As You Like It, Inherit the Wind), Lindsay Posner (Director, Richard III), Ralph Funicello (Scenic Design), Deirdre Clancy (Costume Design), Alan Burrett (Lighting Design), Lindsay Jones (Sound Design), Shaun Davey (Original Music), Peter Golub (Original Music), Steve Rankin (Fight Director), Elan McMahan (Music Direction), Christine Adaire (Vocal and Dialect Coach), Calleri Casting (Casting) and Bret Torbeck (Stage Manager).

CAST: Dan Amboyer, Happy Anderson, Vivia Font, Robert Foxworth, Dana Green, Aidan Hayek, Charles Janasz, Joseph Marcell, Jonas McMullen, Robin Moseley, Bob Pescovitz, Lou Francine Rasse, Jacques C. Smith, Adrian Sparks and Jay Whittaker, as well as The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program students Matthew Bellows, Adam Daveline, Jeremy Fisher, Rachael Jenison, Jesse Jensen, Danielle O’Farrell, Allison Spratt Pearce, Deborah Radloff, Stephanie Roetzel, Christopher Salazar, Jonathan Spivey, Whitney Wakimoto, Bree Welch and Sean-Michael Wilkinson.

For tickets and information go to www.theoldglobe.org.

The Old Globe Announces Summer Shakespeare Casting and Creatives

Adrian Noble (far left) and Lindsay Posner (far right) with the 2012 Festival cast. Photos by Henry DiRocco.

The Old Globe has announced the complete cast and creative team for its 2012 Shakespeare Festival, performed in repertory in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Adrian Noble returns for his third season as the artistic director of the Festival and will direct As You Like It and Inherit the Wind. Renowned British director Lindsay Posner makes his debut at the Globe with his production of Richard III. The full breakdown is below:   More

Shakespeare Orange County Announces Season plus a Production in Prague

(From left) The cast of Venus & Adonis: Amanda Zarr, Evelyn Carol Case, Michael Nehring, Michael Drace Fountain, Misha Bouvion. Photo by Leonard Suryajaya.

Shakespeare Orange County has announced its 21st season which will include productions of Richard III, Venus and Adonis and Much Ado About Nothing. Richard III will feature John Walcutt in the title role with Carl Reggiardo directing the production. Walcutt returns after appearing as Cassius in last season’s production of Julius Caesar. An accomplished actor, he has been featured in over 200 film and television shows including Titanic, Sea Biscuit, Little Miss Sunshine, Grey’s Anatomy, and Mad Men. Theatre credits include work for South Coast Repertory, The Old Globe in San Diego, La Jolla Playhouse, and The Mark Taper Forum. Producing artistic director, Thomas F. Bradac will direct both Venus and Adonis and Much Ado About Nothing. More

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