May 2, 2013

'Power, Wealth, Ambition:' It Must Be Shakespeare

Rogue Theatre's production of 'Richard III' explores universal themes

Why revisit Shakespeare in the 21st century?

Joseph McGrath, co-founder and artistic director of The Rogue Theatre, says the answer is simple.

"Shakespeare always speaks to us, and particularly with Richard III," McGrath says. "Richard III is about power and wealth and ambition. The story of human history is the competition for power and wealth. Richard is probably the most manipulative of power seekers."

McGrath plays the role of Richard, one of Shakespeare's most notorious villains, in Rogue Theatre's new stage production. Performances run through May 12 at the historic “Y” building at 302 E. University Blvd.

The actors performed a brief scene from Richard III for AZ Illustrated Arts. The scene shows the conniving Richard attempting to manipulate royal events and to sway Queen Elizabeth, played by Cynthia Jeffery, to do his bidding.

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