Crude Mechanicals to perform Shakespeare’s Richard III in January

If you hate hearing about local actors performing classic plays for the community for free (what’s wrong with you?), better click “back” on the old browser window pronto, buddy.

That’s because The Crude Mechanicals will be performing Shakespeare’s Richard III Jan. 5-7 at the Verizon Ballroom in the Arkansas Union on the UA campus.

The troupe will be concluding their fourth season of performances with the new show. The company was formed in 2014 by a group of current students and recent theatre graduates who have scattered around the country for college, but who enjoy performing in their spare time. The players have also performed Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in recent years.

Richard III is one of Shakespeare’s darker works, that explores the “deadly, seductive, and frightening world of politics that comes to head in a famous confrontation.”

From the show synopsis:

Join us as the Duke of Gloucester schemes, manipulates, and cons an entire country into supporting a man who is out only to serve himself. Not unaware of any modern day political connections that may be drawn, this production will have a modern feel as the action hurtles forward, asking the question: are monsters born, or made?

Performances are scheduled on Friday, Jan. 5, Saturday, Jan. 6, and Sunday, Jan. 7. All performances are set for 7:30 p.m.

The shows are free to attend, and open to the public.