Equivocation

Equivocation is a coproduction with The Richland Players.

 

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About the Play

Director’s Note:

It’s not often that I read a script that I’m truly scared by. Sure, there are mysteries for the stage that contain suspense but none of them have given me that dreaded feeling like this one did in parts.  It’s also a love story, which is maybe one of the weirder combinations I’ve directed before.  It has been a unique and fun challenge working with the cast to tell this story – to highlight not only the very real potential danger inherent in the workings of the crown at the time but also the stories of real people in history navigating a test of their love and commitment to one another and their art. If you aren’t familiar with King James I, the Catholic/Protestant Influences on the British government, the gunpowder plot, or Shakespeare and his players, I believe you will still be able to connect with the themes of corrupt power and the oppression of everyman as well as a father’s complicated relationship with his children and his theater.

Whose side will you be on at the end? Only time will tell. 

Emily Sarah Richman

 

Synopsis (from the Publishers):

England, 1605: Shagspeare (after a contemporary spelling of the Bard’s name) is commissioned by Robert Cecil, the prime minister, to write the “true historie” of the plot to assassinate King James 1. But as Shag and the acting company of the Globe, under the direction of the great Richard Burbage, investigate the plot, they discover that the King’s version of the story might, in fact, be a cover-up. Shag and his actors are confronted with the ultimate moral and artistic dilemma. Speak truth to power—and perhaps lose their heads? Or take the money and lie? Is there a third option—equivocation? A high-stakes political thriller with contemporary resonances, EQUIVOCATION gallops from the great Globe to the Tower of London to the halls of Parliament to the heart of Judith, Shag’s younger daughter, who finds herself unexpectedly at the very heart of the political, dramatic and—ultimately—human mystery.

Please note that this production includes graphic depictions of violence including executions.  Please consider this when determining the age appropriateness of attendees.  We recommend ages 14 and up.

Performances

August 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 7:30pm

August 4, 11 2:00pm

 

JOIN US FOR TWO SPECIAL EVENTS:
Opening Night, August 2, Talk-Back with the Cast after the show
August 3rd, special pre-show history chat with the Director and Artistic Director, 7:15pm

 

Tickets: $20, $17 Seniors (August 8 Pay-What-You-Will)

Contact The Richland Players

richlandplayers.org

509-943-1991

 

 

Shag: J. Spyder Isaacson
Richard: Travis Franks
Sharpe: Deven Austin
Armin: Derik Radcliffe
Nate: Robert Chisholm
Judith: Joan Kathren
Director: Emily Sarah Richman
Stage Manager: Aubrey Gray
Producer for Richland Players: Jess Howard
Technical Director: James Callaghan
Costume Designer: Morgan Ralston
Set Designer: Will Thurston
Lighting Designer: Jeanette Crosser-McGay
Sound Designer: Derik Radcliffe
Violence Choreographer: Pierce Williams
Props Designer: Mari Page
Sound Operator: Sara Mann
Lighting Operator: Leah Mann
Please note that this production includes graphic depictions of violence including executions.  Please consider this when determining the age appropriateness of attendees.  We recommend ages 14 and up.

EQUIVOCATION is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection. (www.dramatists.com)

EQUIVOCATION was developed at TheatreWorks, Palo Alto, CA, as part of their New Works Festival and the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Robert Egan, Artistic Director. It was originally produced by Oregon Shakespeare Festival;
Bill Rauch, Artistic Director; Paul Nicholson, Executive Director. It was originally produced in New York City by
Manhattan Theatre Club, on February 10, 2010 (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer)