PHOTO CALL: Ron Cephas Jones Stars in the Public Theater's Mobile Shakespeare Unit Staging of Richard III
By Krissie Fullerton
20 Jul 2012
The Public Theater's Mobile Shakespeare Unit production of Richard III, directed by Amanda Dehnert, will play a three-week run at the Off-Broadway company's downtown Lafayette Street home beginning Aug. 6 after having given free performances to prisons, homeless shelters, at-risk-youth centers, senior centers and other park and recreation centers across the city July 16-Aug. 3.
Ron Cephas Jones stars in the title role in a cast that will also include Michelle Beck (Anne), Suzanne Bertish (Margaret), Keith Eric Chappelle (Hastings), Michael Crane (Buckingham), Lynn Hawley (Elizabeth), Alex Hernandez (Catesby), Miriam Hyman (Clarence) and Kevin Kelly (Edward).
According to the Public, "Richard III tells the story of one of Shakespeare’s most charismatic villains who cuts a scorched-earth swath through the politicos, power-mongers, and even family members who stand between him and the crown. But before King Richard III can enjoy the fruits of his ill-gotten gain, something stirs that freezes him in his tracks: conscience."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.