Key Tea House @ Open Secret Bookstore San Rafael, CA
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Birdbath Theatres presents Richard II by William Shakespeare.
One of Shakespeares most beloved histories, Richard II is rarely performed. It marks the beginning of Shakespeares second tetralogy, which culminates in Henry Vs triumphs at Agincourt.
Richard II is a story of a young king who struggles with and indulges in the duties, pressures, and identity of being a divinely appointed leader. Historically, Richard was a forward thinker. An advocate of the styles and ideals of the early Renaissance and a patron of Geoffrey Chaucer, he worked tirelessly to establish an English national identity through the use English language at court and in the arts. However, his progressiveness and authoritarian way he went about making these modern changes, along with his lavish lifestyle, rubbed many of the noble class and peasantry the wrong way and lead to his overthrow. The play focuses on the last two years of Richards life and reign.
Shakespeares play is not a strict or even accurate biography of the life of King Richard II, but in his words are timeless themes of how we relate to identity, morality, character, and how we relate to each other. It is in this timelessness where we set our play.
30 characters performed by 8 actors, entirely in verse.
Directed by: David Abrams Assistant Director: Richard Squeri
Actors: Andrew Byars David Abrams Genevieve Schaad Jesse Lumb Leon Goertzen* Melanie Bandera-Hess Rob Garcia Winona Wagner
*A member of Actors Equity Association An Equity-Approved Project
Key Tea is our beloved new community hub in downtown San Rafael. Attached to the mainstay Open Secret bookstore on C street, Key Tea serves up delicious homegrown dishes and drinks along with art of all forms on its stage. Birdbath is delighted to meet you there!
Key Tea House @ Open Secret Bookstore (View)
921 C St
San Rafael, CA 94901