Richard III

Talk about youngest child syndrome. Richard, the Yorkist Duke of Gloucester, sure isn’t keen on his brother King Edward IV’s being on the throne. The idea of his other brother George in power doesn’t sound so great either. No, Richard wants the crown for himself, and he’ll stop at nothing to claim it. Highly calculating and manipulative, Richard plays his brothers against each other, seduces and tosses noblewomen, and executes anyone he thinks may be in his way. In his relentless pursuit to gain — and retain — the monarchy, his lust for power blinds him from morality, leaving no one — man, woman, or child — unscathed. Written centuries before Scandal or House of Cards, Richard III is the quintessential tale of a political antihero who will do anything to get his way.

Featuring Miyaka Cochrane, Michael Delaney, Mary Ann Mackey, Leontyne Mbele-Mbong, Ashley McKenna, Sean Mirkovich, Kelvyn Mitchell, Jon Nagel, Michelle Navarette, Antoine Pope, Stacz Sadowski, Nancy Sale, and ShawnJ West

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Press Release: He Got Game of Throne: The Original Tale of Murderous Political Schemes, Richard III, Opens at Impact Theatre February 28, 2015 (January 28, 2015)

Press photos (all photos by Cheshire Isaacs):

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Richard (Sean Mirkovich) lets the audience in on his nefarious scheme to woo the grieving Lady Anne (Ashley Rose McKenna, pictured), whose husband and father he killed, in Richard III at Impact Theatre

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Richard (Sean Mirkovich, left) conspires with Lord Buckingham (ShawnJ West) in Richard III at Impact Theatre

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Lord Buckingham (ShawnJ West) holds back the furious Queen Margaret (Mary Ann Mackey) in Richard III at Impact Theatre

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Richard (Sean Mirkovich) relishes the fruits of his murderous scheming to become the newly crowned king, in Richard III at Impact Theatre

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Now king, Richard (Sean Mirkovich, left) steels himself for battle against Richmond (Antoine Pope) in Richard III at Impact Theatre

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King Richard (Sean Mirkovich, right) in the heat of battle with his wounded compatriots Catesby (Mike Delaney, left) and Sir Richard Ratcliff (Miyaka Cochrane) in Richard III at Impact Theatre

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Sean Mirkovich plays the quintessential murderous political schemer in Richard III at Impact Theatre

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Sean Mirkovich plays the quintessential murderous political schemer in Richard III at Impact Theatre

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About Impact Theatre

Melissa Hillman, Artistic Director
Cheshire Isaacs, Managing Director
Read Tuddenham, Production Manager
Jon Nagel, Technical Director
Christina Novakov-Ritchey, Literary Manager
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Artistic Associates: Miyaka Cochrane, Sarah Coykendall, Mike Delaney, Sarah Isaacs, Anne Kendall, Marissa Keltie, Tunuviel Luv, Maria Giere Marquis, Marilet Martinez, Cassie Rosenbrock, Lizabeth Stanley, Jacqueline Steager, Diana Strachan, Colin Trevor, Reggie White, Jordan Winer

Since 1996 Impact Theatre has spoken to a new generation of theatregoers and longtime enthusiasts alike who want to see something fresh and fearless on stage. Our audience ranges from students to professionals to seniors, all of whom share a taste for exciting, unpretentious theatre that doesn’t conform to traditional assumptions of what constitutes high culture. Impact ensures the continued strength of American theatre by

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  • fostering the development of Bay Area theatremakers

Impact shows compel, provoke, and inspire, at prices everyone can afford. We’re looking forward to having you at our next show!

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1. Your submission should be a single PDF document with the title being “[writer’s last name]_[playtitle].” So if your name is Jane Q. Badass and your play is titled Make Mine a Double, your PDF should have a filename like badass_makemineadouble.pdf. If your play title is long, feel free to title your PDF with a shortened play title.

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