Richard II is the most elusive of Shakespeare’s history plays. It retells the strange story of the dissolution of the reign of King Richard and the ascendance of his cousin, Henry Bolingbroke, to the English throne (which triggered decades of civil war and the Tudor ascent to power). Peculiar twists of profound and elusive private desires, rather than great historical forces, tip the balance of history; Richard and Bolingbroke’s struggle reveals Shakespeare’s view of the pursuit of power as a secret, half-hidden, political dance rather than as a straightforward indulgence of military might. Directed by John Bouchard in the beautiful Keck Theater at Occidental College.
April 16-18 & 23-24, 7:30 p.m.
April 25, 2 p.m., May 15, 8:30 p.m.
Keck Theater, Occidental College
1600 Campus Rd., Eagle Rock
Tickets $5-$10; call 323.259.2922 or go to oxy.edu for more information