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Speculative Drama’s first full-length site-specific production, Richard III, set against the backdrop of local underground arts club The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, examines the motivations behind one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest and most devious villains.
Continuing their exploration of how classic stories interact with non-traditional storytelling, and taking full advantage of a neatly compact 20 seat house as well as immersive standing-room zones, our ensemble draws audience members into an intimate web of perpetual war and paranoia, with Richard himself the spider at its center. Using the venue’s natural architecture, the ensemble thrusts audience members directly into the action, challenging them to confront the unrepentant villainy of Richard head-on.

This production of Richard III focuses on the mindset of Richard himself, and how his descent into villainy affects everyone around him. We honor the text as a solid base from which to dive into deep character development, innovative use of space, and creative use of the show’s supernatural elements.
In a world where school shootings have become routine, where there are grown adults who have never experienced life without a “war on terror” or “war on drugs,” the journey of a country trying to cope with the consequences of a man who enthusiastically chooses murder, blood, and chaos as acceptable means to further his ambitions is a particularly relevant one.

Thursday-Saturday February 5-27th
$22/ $10 standing room rush
RSVP encouraged
The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven: SE 2nd and Hawthorne

Directed by Matt Pavik, cast includes Samuel Summer, Rob Harrison, Katie Mortemore, MaryAnne Glazebrook, Nik Horaites, Megan Skye Hale, Lauren Mitchell, Colton Ruscheinsky, Nich Ealy-Elder, and Lindsay Reed.

This is the second and final production in Speculative Drama’s 2015-16 mini season of site-specific work, and the third collaboration of classic stories reimagined by Artistic Directors Myrrh Larsen and Megan Skye Hale, following Br’er Rose in March of 2015 “a formidable re-creation of the earliest versions of Sleeping Beauty.” -Willamette Week, and Grey Gold: A New Myth of Persephone and Hades in January of this year. Creating “boutique theatre,” Speculative Drama offers Portland a unique theatrical experience and emotional connection centered around their mission: exploring the intersection of classic stories and environmental theatre.
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