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Dick 2 (a.k.a. Richard II) at Joria Productions

Theatre of the Expendable presents Dick 2 (a.k.a. Richard II), by William Shakespeare, opening at Joria Productions on 23 Jun 2007, following previews from 21 Jun and running through to 8 Jul 2007.

Dick 2 (a.k.a. Richard II) presides over a divided court, his vanity and favouritism fuelling increasing tension amongst the nobility. Having ordered the murder of his own uncle, Richard is forced to cover his involvement in the crime, banishing two nobles, including his cousin Henry Bolingbroke.

The write up for the plays says "Biting mockery, searing nihilism, maddening croonyism, mounting betrayal, dizzying duplicity, absurd hypocrisy, outrageous narcissism, masochism and sadism, and, most significantly, exquisite poetry�and that's only in the first ten minutes, folks! What happens when a sensitive poetic boy becomes king of the world's most powerful nation at 10? Without Prozac, the odds don't look good. What does look good is the story of Shakespeare's Richard II: one of the most lyrical, brilliant, eloquent, and radical of the bard's plays."

Directed by Jesse Edward Rosbrow, Dick 2 (a.k.a. Richard II) features Jacob Ming-Trent (Richard II), Gregory Engbrecht, John Forkner, Mim Granahan, Christopher Hardy, Jennifer Lagasse, Caitlin McColl, Alan McNaney, Andrew Nisinson, Geoffrey Roecker, Raushanah Simmons, Alisha Soper, Alexander Yakovleff and Morgan Anne Zipf.

Lighting is by Alison Cherry.

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