King Richard III of England ruled for only two years. After deposing 12-year-old Edward V, he fought two rebellions and was killed at the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. The recent discovery of Richard’s remains inspired Jan Powell, Artistic Director of Henley Street Theatre-Richmond Shakespeare, to stage the tragedy of Richard III at Agecroft Hall.
The Broadway musical HAIR comes to Richmond, opening tonight at the Firehouse Theatre on West Broad. The production wants to take you on a trip back to 1967. The cast, actors in their 20s, are playing characters that today would be pushing 70. Jace Smith is the Artistic Director of Firehouse Theatre. Once embarrassed by his own hippie parents, Smith says doing the show has helped him understand who they were and what they went through.
Vincent opens a four performance run tomorrow night (June 5) at the Gottwald Playhouse at Richmond CenterStage. Nearly everyone has seen at least one Van Gogh painting; he’s among the best known people in the world.
James Briggs is the only actor in the show. Briggs plays both Van Gogh brothers, basing his performance on hundreds of letters they wrote to each other. Theo gathered his friends together about a week after Vincent’s suicide to say what was on his heart about the way his brother was treated.
April 23 is World Book Night, an annual event committed to encouraging reading, particularly among light and non-readers. Each April 23--the UNESCO International Day of the Book and Shakespeare’s birthday--thousands of volunteers give away 500,000 new paperback books to people in their communities. The idea started in the United Kingdom in 2011 and the first U. S. World Book Night was celebrated in 2012.
The Run for the Fallen usually happens in the fall, but last year’s partial government shutdown moved it to Saturday the third of May at Williams Stadium on Fort Lee.