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African Company Presents: Richard III

January 31 - February 9, 2020

By Carlyle Brown

What do the words of a dead White poet mean to a group of Black actors? Everything, actually. Forty years before the Civil War, the African Grove Theatre Troupe in New York sets about staging a production of Richard III. But when a major (and White) New York company scores a big name star to be featured in their own production of Richard, they are determined to shut down the African company's show at any cost.

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cast
 

James Hewlett: Darius Lee
Sarah: Rachel Davenport
Ann Johnson: Psacoya Guinn
Papa Shakespeare: Anthony Michael Stokes*
William Henry Brown: Mario Haynes*
Stephen Price: Tristan Colton*
Constable-Man: John St. Croix

Understudies: Kelly Kirkley and Teyonna Johnson*

* Appears courtesy of the Actors Equity Association.

 
production team
 

Director: Marcus Denard Johnson
Production Stage Manager: David Jackson
Costume Design: Anthony Toney
Light Design Moneè Stamp
Sound Design: Mario Raymond
Scenic Design: Lenny Banovez
Technical Director: Chris Higgins
Assistant Technical Director: Alexis Achilles
Production Manager: Gracen Barth
Technical Supervisor: Katy Atwell
Dialect Coach: Jacqueline Springfield