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Berkeley City Club
Berkeley, CA
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three plays about the LIONHEART

RICHARD THE FIRST is a trilogy of plays performing "in rotation" about the collision of Christianity, Islam and Judaism in an ill-fated crusade led by Richard the Lionheart over eight centuries ago.  A gritty, intimate portrayal of a disastrous military adventure into the Holy Land at the end of the 12th century, the trilogy draws striking parallels between events of the distant past and the current U.S. military involvement in the Middle East.  

The three plays correspond to the three "parts" of Richard's great journey to the Holy Land.  In PART 1, Richard "takes up the cross" and journeys to Palestine by way of a tempestuous family reunion in Sicily. PART 2 depicts the disastrous events surrounding Richard's attempt to re-capture Jerusalem from the sultan Saladin. And PART 3 follows the king's shipwreck, capture, and final reckoning in a far-off dungeon, the aftermath of the crusade. Taken as a whole, the trilogy is an epic tale of a warrior king's quest for absolution from a dark, primal sin.

RICHARD THE FIRST opens on Thursday, October 18, 2012, with Part 1 and plays "in rotation" (that is, Part 1 on Thursday, Part 2 on Friday, Part 3 on Saturday, see calendar). On Sunday, November 11 and Sunday, November 18, all three parts will perform consecutively, at 2pm, 5pm, and 8pm.

"Central Works continues to impress me as the Bay area theatre company with the most consistently high levels of curiosity and intellectual heft" - G. Heymont, Huffington Post

Advance Ticket Prices:
Previews: $20
General Admission: $25
$25-$14, Sliding scale at the door every night (box office opens 30 minutes prior to performance time)
$18 for box lunch on "Marathon Days" (Nov 11 & 18)
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Berkeley City Club (View)
2315 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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