Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0602. Wednesday, 7 August 1996.
Date: Wednesday, 7 Aug 1996 09:06:05 -0400
Subject: R3 Production
A group called Vision Stages, working on the UNC-Charlotte campus recently
staged _Richard III_, and while I was not thrilled by it, I nevertheless wanted
to mention the production and ask a couple of questions. This was the first
_R3_ I have seen on stage so forgive the naivete.
The director, Allan (sp?) Poindexter, actually presented sizable portions of
both _3 Henry VI_ (about 75 minutes, beginning with Rutland and York's deaths)
and _R3_ (about 95 minutes). It made for a longish evening (I wasn't feeling
well), but it was certainly intriguing.
The program notes more than the closing night production itself highlighted a
comparison of Margaret with Richard, a comparison that did seem to justify the
edits. I'm sorry I don't have the program with me because Margaret deserves
recognition and the actor who played Richard was quite good, too. (_3H6_'s
Duke of York rose from his death scene, and we witnessed him, in silhouette,
transform into the deformed Richard of Act 2 and beyond.) The nightmare/dream
scenes from the fifth act of _R3_ were powerful, energetic, and illuminating.
Where might Poindexter have read about the Margaret/Richard connection? Are
there any good _R3_ videos available that make extensive use of _3H6_?