David Andrew Laws, Laura Iris Hill, Jarret Kerr, Morgan Hooper, Travis Klemm, and Brian Gillespie of “Richard III”

Hamlet Isn't Dead presents William Shakespeare's Richard III, directed by Brian GillespieThe company Hamlet Isn’t Dead is on quite a mission—to produce all of Shakespeare’s plays, in the order in which they were written.

They’re up to Richard III, and as director Brian Gillespie (with the GSAS! hat trick!) points out at the top of the interview, it’s a pretty fortuitous time to be putting up what some might call the Bard’s first “hit,” what with the real, historical Richard’s body re-buried just last week. This production takes the idea of the infamous English monarch as “master manipulator,” and “explodes that metaphor—through puppetry.” Which is really cool to watch.

Listen in as Brian and five of the nine cast members—Jarret Kerr (Richard), Laura Iris Hill (Margaret and more, and also a returning podcast guest), David Andrew Laws (Buckingham, last on GSAS! with Brian for Twelve Nights), Morgan Hooper (Richmond and more), and Travis Klemm (Hastings and more)—discuss puppet workshops, working within your constraints, playing characters you’ve always loved, and the “magic trick” that comes from streamlining your cast.

“The more that I researched the play, the more I was like, ‘which characters don’t have any agency that might be controlled by others, that could be puppets?’…or, ‘there’s a lot of references to shadows, could we explore some of these nightmares with shadow puppets?’…”

Hamlet Isn’t Dead presents

Richard III

by William Shakespeare
directed by Brian Gillespie

remaining performances:
Thursday, April 2, 2015 @8PM
Saturday, April 4, 2015 @8PM

WestBeth Community Center
55 Bethune Street
Manhattan

tickets: $20, available via BrownPaperTickets

Hamlet Isn't Dead presents William Shakespeare's Richard III, directed by Brian Gillespie, photo by Joshua StaufferHamlet Isn't Dead presents William Shakespeare's Richard III, directed by Brian Gillespie, photo by Joshua Stauffer Hamlet Isn't Dead presents William Shakespeare's Richard III, directed by Brian Gillespie, photo by Joshua Stauffer Hamlet Isn't Dead presents William Shakespeare's Richard III, directed by Brian Gillespie, photo by Joshua Staufferphotos by Joshua Stauffer

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