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Richard II: Episode 1

Synopsis
Four-part audio production of Shakespeare’s play performed primarily by black actors. Each episode is introduced by Vinson Cunningham of The New Yorker, who speaks to the cast and crew in the light of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Series
Free Shakespeare on the Radio
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Audio
Transmission details
13 Jul 2020 at 20:00
Duration
58 mins

Credits

Director
Saheem Ali
Music
Michael Thurber
Cast
André HollandKing Richard II
Claire van der BoomQueen Isabel
Dakin MatthewsJohn of Gaunt
Miriam A. HymanBolingbroke
Phylicia RashadDuchess of Gloucester
Barzin AkhavanLord Marshal
Barzin AkhavanEarl of Salisbury
Biko Eisen-MartinLord Fitzwalter
Elijah JonesHarry Percy
Estelle ParsonsDuchess of York
Jacob Ming-TrentBishop of Carlisle
John Douglas ThompsonEdmund of Langley, Duke of York
Merritt JansonScroop (Sir Stephen Scroope)
Michael Bradley CohenBushy
Michael GastonHenry Percy, Earl of Northumberland
Natalie Woolams-TorresGreen
Okwui OkpokwasiliAbbot of Westminster
Okwui OkpokwasiliLord Willoughby
Reza SalazarCaptain of the Welsh army
Sanjit De SilvaThomas Mowbray
Sanjit De SilvaSir Piers Exton
Sathya SridharanBagot
Sean CarvajalDuke of Surrey
Stephen McKinley HendersonGardener
Thom SesmaLord Ross
Thom SesmaKeeper of the prison at Pomfret
Tom PecinkaDuke of Aumerle

Additional Details

Theatre company
The Public Theater
Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Richard II
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
Race-blind casting

Notes

Notes
The production was originally scheduled to be performed as part of the annual Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park event at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, New York.
General
This audio adaptation was produced remotely with actors and creatives working separately from home. The script for each episode can be downloaded from the homepage.
History
Originally premieres in four episodes broadcast between 13 July and 16 July 2020 at 8 p.m. on WNYC.

Online Availability

Online URL
https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/free-shakespeare-podcast-richard-ii/episodes/free-shakespeare-public-richard-ii-episode-1
Online format
Streamed/Download

Production Company

Name

The Public Theater

Email
info@publictheater.org
Web
https://publictheater.org/ External site opens in new window
Phone
++ 212 539 8500
Address
425 Lafayette Street (at Astor Place)
New York, NY
10003
USA
Name

WNYC

Web
https://www.wnycstudios.org/ External site opens in new window

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