Photo courtesy of Paramount
Paul Schnabel plays Richard, the hunchback who does anything he
must to gain the throne of England, in the Middlebury Actors
Workshop production of Shakespeare's Richard III, Nov. 9 at The
The Paramount Theatre will present The Middlebury Actors
Workshop production of Shakespeare's Richard III Friday, Nov. 9 at
The Paramount is delighted to bring Middlebury Actor's Workshop to
the Paramount for a second straight season, following last season's
well-received production of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
Richard III is a fascinating study of the psychology and
politics of terror. Richard, the charismatic hunchback,
bullies, seduces and murders his way to the throne of England while
establishing a relationship with the audience that makes it hard to
know whether to hate him or to love him.
Director Melissa Lourie has cut Shakespeare's script to a lean
and compelling two hours. "This is a very accessible play,"
states Lourie. "The language is not hard to follow, the story
very simple. Richard wants the throne; Richard does anything
to get it. There's a lot of humor in it, and a lot of pathos."
Paul Schnabel, a veteran actor of film and stage, is Richard,
and Karen Lefkoe plays Queen Elizabeth, heading a cast of 25 actors
in M.A.W.'s largest effort to date. Lourie is assisted by a
talented group of artists and designers, including MaryKay
Dempewolff on costumes, Matthew Stone on Lighting, Kathryn Tilton
on properties, Sam Hurlburt on Sound Design and Jon Craine on
The production is partially supported by a grant from the
Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and are available
online at ParamountLive.org and at The Paramount Theatre Box Office
located in downtown Rutland, VT. Charge by phone orders can be
placed by calling 802-775-0903.