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Merced Shakespeare Fest to hold new, bilingual ‘Ricardo / Richard II’

Director William Wolfgang is looking for at least 16 performers for ‘Ricardo / Richard II’
Director William Wolfgang is looking for at least 16 performers for ‘Ricardo / Richard II’

In its 19th season Merced Shakespeare Fest announces auditions for their first bilingual production — the political tragedy “Ricardo / Richard II” on Saturday, March 14, at 11 am, at the MAC, 645 W. Main Street in downtown Merced.

The script has been adapted by William Wolfgang, Maria Nguyen-Cruz, Kathryn Flores, translations by Angel Nunez.
The King Richard / Ricardo and his court are mostly Spanish-speaking, the group around the rebel, the later King Henry IV, mostly English.

Ricardo/Richard II brings us to a saloon in California in 1848, after the Mexican-American War. A bilingual group of community players tackles Shakespeare’s great poetic tragedy of a king, who loses his throne to his cousin. Wrapped evenly into one story, both the Spanish and English dialogue celebrate the rich linguistic heritage of California and how, since the beginning, this diversity has served to strengthen its people.

The director William Wolfgang is looking for at least 16 performers; as in the last seasons, Merced Shakes does color-blind and gender-fluid casting. Be prepared to cold read scenes, a Shakespeare monologue is not mandatory, but love for Shakespeare and the stage is.

For more information visit the information evening on February 19, at 6:30, at the MAC, go online to: mercedshakespearefest.org., or call 209 723-3265.

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