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Special Broadcast: Shakespeare's Richard II

Join our sister station in New York,WNYC, and The Public Theater as they bring Free Shakespeare in the Park to the airwaves with William Shakespeare’s RICHARD II. Brought to you in a serialized radio broadcast over four nights. 

September 7-10, 6pm

(Preempts City Visions, Philosophy Talk, Your Legal Rights this week)

Listen as the last of the divinely anointed monarchs descends and loses it all. When King Richard banishes his cousin Henry Bolingbroke and deprives him of his inheritance, he unwittingly creates an enemy who will ultimately force him from the throne. One of the Bard’s only dramas entirely in verse, this epic and intimate play presents the rise of the house of Lancaster through a riveting tale of lost sovereignty, political intrigue, and psychological complexity. Directed by Saheem Ali, your listeners will experience this beautiful and cutting play in an exciting serialized radio format. Each episode will contain contextualized commentary to bring the listener closer to the narrative action and put the play in contemporary context, exploring topics like race and gender within Shakespeare.

Listen to the trailer

And if you miss an episode, catch up on the action via the podcast.