Teenage Dick

Written by Mike Lew
Directed by Jenna Rodgers
In association with the Shakespeare Company and Hit & Myth Productions

April 18 – 30, 2023

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The high-stakes tragedy and political drama of Shakespeare’s Richard III are transported to the hallways of a contemporary high school in this darkly comedic adaptation. Taunted with the nickname “Dick” and bullied because of his disability, Richard, the play’s brilliant, charismatic anti-hero, is determined to have his revenge, and plots a ruthless path to power in a dramatic student council election. Aided by his quick-witted best friend Buck, he seeks to overthrow the bullish star quarterback Eddie to become student council president while charming the most popular girl in school into being his girlfriend. But as he falls deeper into a pattern of manipulation and greed, Richard is faced with an unexpected choice: Is it better to be feared or loved?

“Teenage Dick sinks a cunning, shining dagger into an author who’s buried in centuries of history and glory.” –Time Out London

Audience Consideration: 12+