By William Shakespeare
Directed by Timothy Douglas
Featuring Rocco Sisto and Tom O’Keefe
“Mine honour is my life; both grow in one.”
How does a state contend with a barbarous ruler who is perceived to be appointed by God? King Richard II has designed the murder of his uncle, wasted public funds, and used the influence of his crown to misrule a nation. Not until Richard banishes Henry Bolingbroke does he create an enemy skeptical of his divine mandate who is intent on constructing his demise.
The production features founding Company member and three-time OBIE Award winner Rocco Sisto in the title role. Sisto was last seen as Caliban in The Tempest, a role he’s performed twice at the Company to critical acclaim. He will be joined by Tom O’Keefe as Henry Bolingbroke, reteaming the duo after a appearing together in the world premiere of Joan Ackerman’s The Taster at Shakespeare & Company in 2010. After appearing in both Shakespeare productions last summer, Timothy Douglas returns to direct Richard II. Douglas last directed at Shakespeare & Company in 2007 with Joe Penhall’s psychoanalytic drama, Blue/Orange, a highlight of the Company’s 30th Season.