Teenage Dick deserves a better title. The Ma-Yi Theater Company’s robust production of Mike Lew’s tragi-comedy is far more ambitious than its punny title suggests, which is not to say that it doesn’t have its share of penis jokes. And while the titular character, Richard “Dick” Gloucester, is indeed a teenager, he has an old soul. A 425-year-old soul to be precise, for within his twisted frame... Read more
Ma-Yi Theater Company and The Public Theater present the world premiere of Teenage Dick, written by Mike Lew and directed by two-time Tony Award-nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel.
Teenage Dick was originally developed by The Public Theater as part of its 2016 Public Studio Series.
Performances are staged at The Public's Shiva Theater.
(Photos by Carol Rosegg)
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Teenage DIck is a brilliantly hilarious take on Richard III, Shakespeare’s classic tale of power and lust. The play reimagines the most famous disabled character of all time as a 16-year-old outsider in the deepest winter of his discontent: his junior year at Roseland High. Picked on because of his cerebral palsy (as well as his sometimes creepy Shakespearean way of speaking), Richard is determined to have his revenge and make his name by becoming president of the senior class. But as he manipulates and crushes the obstacles to his electoral success, Richard finds himself faced with a decision he never expected would be his to make: is it better to be loved or feared?