The African Company Presents Richard III

By Carlyle Brown
Sept. 26–Oct. 6, 2019
NKU Corbett Theatre

In 1820’s Manhattan, William Henry Brown, a free black American, organizes a production of Shakespeare’s Richard III for a predominantly black audience. When the booking of a famous English actor to play Richard III by a rival theatre company threatens to close their production, his African Grove Theatre Company is forced to reflect on their lives - performing jobs of servitude by day and their artistry by night. Drawn to the stage because of their ability to create art out of their own experiences, the company members must determine if their artistry is worth risking it all. Based on a true story, The African Company Presents Richard III carries a timeless message of negotiating racial consciousness in theatre that still resonates today.

  • Runtime (approx.): 2 hours, 25 minutes (includes 15-minute intermission)
    • Act I: 1 hour, 5 minutes
    • Act II: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Content Advisory: Mild language and derogatory racial slurs
  • Effects Advisory: Gun shot