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THE FINAL TRIAL OF RICHARD III / THE QUEENS OF FRANCE

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Presented in concert with our Fall 2012 main stage production of Shakespeare's RICHARD III, the tragic drama featuring history's greatest villain, Actors Ensemble is producing a series of staged readings of related works.


Directed by Carol Dechaine Reyes, longtime actress and recently first-time director at Masquers, these two one-acts are both acclaimed works in their own right.  The Final Trial of Richard III, by Mary Schaller, examines the evidence for the damning portrayal of Richard in RICHARD III, and allows Richard to defend himself.  History and Rumor are prosecute, while Charity acts as Richard's counsel, and the AUDIENCE acts as the jury.  Who wins?  Richard - or Shakesepare (and by proxy therefore Sir Thomas More) - You decide!


The second one act, The Queens of France is by the acclaimed American playwright Thornton Wilder ("Our Town", "The Matchmaker").  It is the story of a conniving lawyer who preys on women in 1860’s New Orleans by convincing each of them they are the rightful Queen of France - a delightful, lyrical piece of theatre.


Performed as STAGED READINGS one night only, Wednesday, November 14th at 8 p.m., at Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck (at Berryman), Berkeley -  just down the street from the Gourmet Ghetto. $5-$10 sliding scale (pay at the door).  Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

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