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Shakespeare’s Richard III Brings Tyranny to SU Stage

March 20, 2008

SELINSGROVE (Pa.) – Shakespeare's murderously chilling play, Richard III, makes its appearance on the Susquehanna University stage in April, but not without the Department of Theatre's signature twist. The show, which runs April 17-20 at 8 p.m., in Degenstein Center Theater, is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the American Civil War.

Richard III follows a duke's indirect course to the throne by way of killing those who stand in his path.

“The play is interesting in the sense of the civil war, and I thought it was fitting in the sense of the American Civil War,” said Douglas Powers, associate professor of theatre and the show's director.

“For me, the play is about how a tyrant becomes a tyrant,” he said. “While Abraham Lincoln became sainted after his assassination, many considered his actions to be tyrannical. My interpretation of the play may bring about new questions.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for non-SU students. Tickets may be purchased by calling the university box office at (570) 372-2787.

Contact: Gerald Cohen



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