Saturday, July 11, 2020

Lupita Nyong'o joins RICHARD II starting Monday, July 13

WNYC in collaboration with The Public Theater present RICHARD II

FROM THE OPEN AIR TO ON THE AIR:
LUPITA NYONG'O JOINS AS THE NARRATOR FOR  RICHARD II ON WNYC

The Public Theater is committed to presenting stories that reflect and explore the world and time we live in. In response to the tragic murders of Black men and women and national uprising, the artists of RICHARD II dedicate this production to the Black Lives Matter Movement.

“A fractured society. A man wrongfully murdered. The palpable threat of violence and revenge against a broken system. Revolution and regime change. This was Shakespeare’s backdrop for Richard II. I’m exceptionally proud of this production, recorded for public radio with a predominantly Black, Indigenous, and People of Color ensemble, led by the extraordinary André Holland,” said director Saheem Ali. “It’s my hope that listening to Shakespeare’s words, broadcast in the midst of a pandemic and an uprising, will have powerful resonance in our world.” 

WNYC in collaboration with The Public Theater present

RICHARD II
Written by William Shakespeare
Conceived for the Radio and Directed by Saheem Ali   

ACCESS THE BROADCAST FOR FREE
Brought to you in a serialized radio broadcast over four nights from July 13 to July 16 at 8PM EST on WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820 to listeners in the New York tri-state area.

Nationwide listeners can join in at WNYC.org.

Each episode will be made available for download following its radio premiere wherever you get your podcasts.   

The complete cast of RICHARD II features:

In support of the fight against racism and inequality and in recognition of the unspeakable violence against Black communities, The Public Theater has compiled a list of resources, organizations, and communities who support Black communities on the front lines. We encourage you to make a contribution to support their efforts

Additional Digital Season support provided by The Harold & Mimi Steinberg New Play Development Fund, The Shubert Foundation, The Tow Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and New York State Council on the Arts. Special support provided by The George T. Delacorte Fund.