Richard III, A ‘Wild One’

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Richard III

Drama by William Shakespeare


Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center

Oct. 19,20,23-26 @ 7:30, Oct. 27 @ 2 and 7:30

IU Theatre & Drama

This fall the Indiana University Department of Theatre and Drama’s contribution to IU’s Themester 2012 Good Behavior, Bad Behavior is decidedly on the dark side. It’s Shakespeare’s Richard III with as nasty a villain as one could have bad dreams about.

Guest director Gavin Cameron-Webb is fond of looking for modern metaphors for Shakespeare. He set last year’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on a Hollywood sound stage. Richard III is part of a motorcycle gang. “Shakespeare’s Richard is in many ways a thug and the depiction of the War of the Roses really does feel like gang warfare,” says Cameron-Webb.

Cameron-Webb sees Shakespeare’s drama as in some ways a propaganda piece to support the reigning Tudors and the aging Queen Elizabeth. “Part of our effort is to tell the truth from history. Richard III wasn’t a hunch back; he was not a murderous, seductive tyrant. But, we’re also presenting one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays with a fascinating larger than life villain.”

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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