In recent seasons, the Grand Haven-based Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company has been making its way through Shakespeare’s history plays, a project which culminates with the current production of the bard’s “Richard III.”
The play follows the title character as he plots and schemes his way to the throne of England, confiding his plans to the audience along the way.
The touring production opened in March at Central Michigan University. It will play at the Dog Story Theater, 7 Jefferson SE in Grand Rapids, April 5-7 and 12-14. It also will play in Muskegon on April 18 at the downtown Beardsley Theater, the Tri-Cities Historical Museum in Grand Haven on April 17, and the Jenison Center for the Arts on April 28.
“Richard III” is directed by Ali Huber, a guest director from Virginia. Huber has previously directed several other productions for Pigeon Creek, most recently the 2018 season production of “Antony and Cleopatra.”
Like all of Pigeon Creek’s productions, “Richard III” features a relatively small cast, with 10 actors taking on all of the play’s roles. This means that some actors play multiple roles in a fast-paced production which keeps the audience engaged with the play’s roller-coaster plot. The production also features live music and an audience-interactive atmosphere.
Frequent Pigeon Creek actor Scott Lange, who played the character of Richard in last season’s production of Shakespeare’s “Henry VI,” continues as the title character in “Richard III,” following the character’s full arc as he rises to power. The production also features actors Kathleen Bode, Ethan Engeseth, Amanda Grah, Kimi Griggs, Kat Hermes, Katherine Mayberry, Ashley Normand, Riley Van Ess, Scott Wright, and Seraphina Zorn.
Ticket prices range from $8 to $16. Ticket information for the various venues is below:
• Dog Story Theater, 7 Jefferson SE in Grand Rapids, April 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 8 p.m. and April 7 and 14 at 3 p.m. Tickets available at www.dogstorytheater.com.
• Beardsley Theater, Frauenthal Center, 425 West Western Avenue in Muskegon, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at www.frauenthal.org.
• Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Avenue in Grand Haven, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at www.pcshakespeare.com/onstage.
• Jenison Center for the Arts, 8375 20th Avenue in Jenison MI April 28 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets available at www.jpsarts.org.