For anyone who would like an overview of Richard III prior to attending, it’s hard to find a clearer description than the link below, from The Useful Guide to Shakespeare, by Patrick Bringley. We’ve included a synopsis in the Richard III playbill, and you can attend our pre-show talks called “Beyond the Stage,” but Bringley’s is a very simple and clear introduction, and while not a text for younger readers, would be helpful to any parent talking to kids about the play. (May we remind you that children under 18 are free with a paid adult, but the production is not recommended for children under 6.) Bringley is connected to us via Festival favorite Maureen Gallagher, the actor playing Richard’s mother, the Duchess of York. As always, please send us your thoughts: on our production, on this introduction, or on Shakespeare in general, and see you at the show! – Grant Mudge, Ryan Producing Artistic Director, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival
Elizabeth Ledo returns for her fifth season at the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival having appeared last year as Ophelia in Hamlet, and previously as Narissa in The Merchant of Venice, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Adriana in The Comedy of Errors. Elizabeth grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but has been based in Chicago for the past 18 years. Chicago credits include As You Like It, Amadeus, A Midsummer Nights Dream and Funk It Up About Nothin’ (Chicago Shakespeare); The Comedy of Errors, The Illusion, Titus Andronicus, Uncle Vanya and The Real Thing (Court); Homebody/Kabul and Morningstar (Steppenwolf); Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple (Drury Lane Oakbrook); Boleros for the Disenchanted (Goodman); The Homosexuals and Say You Love Satan (About Face Theatre); Arms and the Man (Writers’ Theatre), The Chalk Garden (Northlight); and The Old Curiosity Shop (Lookingglass Theatre). Her regional credits include Arcadia (Indiana Repertory) and over 20 productions with Milwaukee Repertory. Elizabeth is also a voice-over talent and can be heard on numerous commercials, video games and The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas produced by Falcon Picture Group. She is a proud graduate of Loyola University of Chicago. We are looking forward to her portrayal of Lady Anne.