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Richard II

RICHARD II

Streaming on WNYC.org
July 13-July 16 at 8:00PM EST

WNYC In Collaboration with The Public Present
Free Shakespeare on the Radio
Production of
RICHARD II
Brought to you in a serialized broadcast in four parts airing on WNYC

By William Shakespeare
Conceived for the Radio and Directed by Saheem Ali

FROM OPEN AIR TO ON THE AIR! Join WNYC and The Public Theater as we bring Free Shakespeare in the Park to the airwaves with William Shakespeare’s RICHARD II. Brought to you in a serialized radio broadcast over four nights, listen as the last of the divinely anointed monarchs descends and loses it all. When King Richard banishes his cousin Henry Bolingbroke and deprives him of his inheritance, he unwittingly creates an enemy who will ultimately force him from the throne. One of the Bard’s only dramas entirely in verse, this epic and intimate play presents the rise of the house of Lancaster through a riveting tale of lost sovereignty, political intrigue, and psychological complexity. Directed by Saheem Ali, experience this beautiful and cutting play in an exciting serialized radio format from wherever you are.

“A fractured society. A man wrongfully murdered. The palpable threat of violence and revenge against a broken system. Revolution and regime change. This was Shakespeare’s backdrop for Richard II. I’m exceptionally proud of this production, recorded for public radio with a predominantly BIPOC ensemble, led by the extraordinary André Holland,” said director Saheem Ali. “It’s my hope that listening to Shakespeare’s words, broadcast in the midst of a pandemic and an uprising, will have powerful resonance in our world.”

In support of the fight against racism and inequality and in recognition of the unspeakable violence against Black communities, The Public Theater and the artists of RICHARD II dedicate this production to the Black Lives Matter Movement. There are a number of organizations and communities who support Black communities on the front lines. We encourage you to make a contribution to support their efforts.

Streaming on WNYC.org
July 13-July 16 at 8:00PM EST

PRODUCTION DETAILS.

RICHARD II will be broadcast in four parts nightly from Monday, July 13 through Thursday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m. EST on WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820 for listeners in the New York tri-state area and will stream nationwide at WNYC.org.

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CALENDAR.

Free For All

RICHARD II will be broadcast in four parts nightly from Monday, July 13 through Thursday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m. EST on WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820 for listeners in the New York and tri-state area and will stream nationwide at WNYC.org.

Cast.

Barzin Akhavan

Barzin Akhavan

Sean Carvajal

Sean Carvajal

Michael Bradley Cohen

Michael Bradley Cohen

Sanjit De Silva

Sanjit De Silva

Biko Eisen-Martin

Biko Eisen-Martin

Michael Gaston

Michael Gaston

Stephen McKinley Henderson

Stephen McKinley Henderson

André Holland

André Holland

Miriam A. Hyman

Miriam A. Hyman

Merritt Janson

Merritt Janson

Elijah Jones

Elijah Jones

Dakin Matthews

Dakin Matthews

Jacob Ming-Trent

Jacob Ming-Trent

Maria Mukuka

Maria Mukuka

Okwui Okpokwasili

Okwui Okpokwasili

Estelle Parsons

Estelle Parsons

Tom Pecinka

Tom Pecinka

Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad

Reza Salazar

Reza Salazar

Thom Sesma

Thom Sesma

Sathya Sridharan

Sathya Sridharan

John Douglas Thompson

John Douglas Thompson

Claire van der Boom

Claire van der Boom

Natalie Woolams-Torres

Natalie Woolams-Torres

Ja’Siah Young

Ja’Siah Young

Creative.

William Shakespeare
Playwright
Saheem Ali
Conceiver for Radio & Director
Michael Thurber
Composer
Arabella Powell
Production Stage Manager
Raz Golden
Assistant Director/Script Supervisor