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Shakespeare's Richard III : A Rock-N-Roll Hybrid Theatre Show

Presented by Secret Theatre Company

The Studio@620 and Secret Theatre Company present Richard III: A Rock-n-Roll Hybrid Theatre Show.  Directed by William Glenn

Not your grandfather's Shakespeare

Secret Theatre Company's inaugural production of Richard III reflects its status as one of the most exciting and bloody of Shakespeare's plays.  This modern effort is a hybrid theatre rock-n-roll show, not to be confused with a rock musical.  They have created a dark show, lit it rock-n-roll style, and set it in a cave of truss and smoke.  In addition to the performances at The Studio@620, the production will also tour locally in rock band fashion, with additional performances at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg, and at Arts on 9th in Ybor City, Tampa.

This take on Richard III came about in answer to th e questions of "How do we make theatre relevant to today? How can we make theatre cool enough for modern audiences?"  The ensemble based show, directed by William Glenn and featuring Equity actor Giles Davies, incorporates a highly stylized, rock 'n roll influenced period design, and will be punctuated by blaring rock music and violent, graphic death. Fight choreographer Chris Fields has done work for Hollywood as well as festivals and fairs for more than fifteen years; dance choreographer, Holly Hasty brings a modern sensibility to classical, period-style dance. Secret Theatre is comprised of William Glenn, Richard Miller, and Trish Perry.

Shakespeare on tour

Richard III kicks off at the Studio@620 for the weekend of the 31st of July through the 3rd of August, with 8pm shows on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and additional 2pm shows on Saturday and Sunday.  There will also be a special, "big" show at the State Theatre, 687 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, on Saturday, August 8th, at 8pm which will incorporate live rock 'n roll bands playing before and during the show, with six original songs written for the show, and a concert atmosphere. The show then completes its current circuit with a weekend at Tampa's new venue for the arts - Arts on 9th, located at 1513 9th Ave in Ybor.

Warning - contains graphic violence and adult themes.

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