Akron, OH – The University of Akron (UA) Theatre Program continues its 2019-2020 season, “Re(Viewing) Tyranny,” with “Richard III,” Shakespeare’s account of the English king’s short and bloody reign. Directed by Michael Gatto, UA Adjunct Instructor of Theatre, the play features a cast of 20 including UA students representing diverse areas of study, students from neighboring universities, and community members. Incorporating arena staging in a surprising setting, “Richard III” will captivate the senses and stir the mind.
Performance dates for “Richard III” are March 5, 6, 7 and March 12, 13, 14 at 7:30 P.M. and March 8 and 14 at 2:00 P.M. All performances take place in Sandefur Theatre, Guzzetta Hall, located at 157 University Avenue, Akron OH (across the street from E.J. Thomas Hall). Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for all students. To purchase tickets online, visit richard3ua.eventbrite.comor make reservations by calling the ticket office at (330) 972-7895 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. UA alumni are encouraged to attend the production on Alumni Night, Friday, March 6, when they and one guest will be admitted for the student price of $5 each. Additionally, UA Student Appreciation Night will take place on Thursday, March 12. On this night, all members of the UA community are invited to a pre-show reception and UA residential students will receive one complimentary ticket. For more information on all show events visit uakron.edu/dtaa/performances.
UA’s “Richard III” reimagines the blood thirsty tale of a despotic antihero. Guest Director Michael Gatto says: “In Richard III, we are flipping the age-old adage, and bringing to life one of Shakespeare’s great villains who audiences hate to love. We are taking the bard’s play, wrought with relevant themes of abusive power, murder, hubris, envy, grief, and betrayal, and setting it within a once great, long forgotten circus.” Audiences will thrill to this contemporary rendering of Shakespeare’s dynamic display of ambition and cunning.
The Theatre Arts Program at The University of Akron equips undergraduate and graduate students with a broad knowledge of theatre arts and fundamental practical skills in order to prepare them to address the emerging issues and challenges of the theatre profession in a diverse and vibrant society. The Theatre Arts Program provides high quality educational and artistic experiences that enhance the cultural lives of all students at The University of Akron, as well as the residents of the greater Akron community and theNortheast Ohio region.