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Loyola Presents Richard III

Loyola press release - February 27, 2018

Loyola production brings William Shakespeare’s game of thrones to the stage.

This month, Loyola Presents will bring William Shakespeare’s classic Richard III to the stage. The political play is a stunning portrait of Machiavellian genius, political deception, and a murderous quest for absolute power.

Directed by Dr. Laura Hope, chair and associate professor of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at Loyola and the artistic director of Loyola University Theatre, Richard III tells the story of a cunning, charismatic, and heartless tyrant who will stop at nothing to secure England’s crown. Following England’s War of the Roses, a period of promised peace begins, but the scheming Richard, Duke of Gloucester, plans to seize the throne following the death of his newly crowned brother, Edward IV, by seduction, betrayal or any means necessary. Twisted inside and out by bitter discontent and determined to remove any impediment to the crown, Richard hurtles down a path of moral demise and military destruction, setting the stage for a new hero to rescue England and a new house to reign.

“This performance will both challenge and delight our audiences, and is especially enticing to the politically savvy,” said Dr. Hope. “Richard III is Shakespeare’s great political liar. He tells you the lies you want to hear and gets you to believe it.”

While Shakespeare’s tale of political deceit, treachery, and the lust for power has great contemporary relevance, Dr. Hope said that Loyola’s production will be set in the era in which Shakespeare intended.

Like all performances in the Loyola University New Orleans Department of Theatre Arts and Dance’s 2017-18 theatre season, the play celebrates the theme of “Seeking Truth.” All of this season’s productions are also tied to Jesuit values.

Loyola Presents Richard III will take place on at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday March 2 -3, at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 8, 9, and 10, in Loyola University’s Marquette Theatre at 6363 St. Charles Ave. Tickets are available online at presents.loyno.edu. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and Loyola staff, and $10 for students. Group rates are available. Tickets may be purchased online at presents.loyno.edu, by emailing tickets@loyno.edu or calling (504) 865-2074.

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