July 20-23, KRCC presents The Public Theater and WNYC's production of Free Shakespeare in the Park and RICHARD II. Brought to you in a serialized radio broadcast over four nights, 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. Each episode will contain contextualized commentary to bring the listener closer to the narrative action and put the play in contemporary context, exploring topics like race and gender within Shakespeare.
“A fractured society. The palpable threat of violence and revenge against a broken system. Revolution and regime change. A man wrongfully murdered. 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.”
Listen Monday through Thursday evening 8 to 9pm, July 20-23.