Lord Denney’s Players’ first production, William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Richard II, premiered on April 17, 2015, and ran for four nights. The play featured the acting talents of Ohio State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty, and was crewed by undergraduates in an upper-level Shakespeare class taught by Assistant Professor Sarah Neville, who also directed the production.
"The opportunity to be involved in this production has gone beyond my personal expectations. Interaction with the text in a live environment creates a critical engagement that serves as a Shakespearean green world of sorts when juxtaposed with the traditional classroom environment."
—Justin Bauer (BA '15)
LDP’s production of Richard II featured two differently performed cuts of the play. The first weekend’s shows were based off of the original quarto editions of the play, which do not include what is commonly referred to as the “deposition scene,” an extended scene at the beginning of Act Four where Richard publicly abdicates his throne to his cousin Bolingbroke. The scene is first printed in the collected works of Shakespeare in 1623 and its exclusion from earlier editions of Richard II, has prompted many Shakespeare scholars to speculate about the censorship of this scene in print and its original performance on the stage.
Lord Denney's Players was the first company, as far as we know, to stage both versions of Richard II in the same production, experimenting with the implications of including, or excluding, the remarkable deposition scene.
Queen Isobel—Corey Debelak
Duchess of York—Torsa Ghosal
Lord Marshal—Matt Gmetro
John of Gaunt—Richard Firth Green
Gardener's Assistant—Manny Jacquez
York's Servingman—Brian Javor
Bishop of Carlisle—Dan Knapper
Duchess of Gloucester—Sarah Neville
Bushy—Amy (Emory) Noakes
King Richard II—Ellie Rogers
Groom/Welsh Captain—Hannah Russ
Duke of York—Antony Shuttleworth
Assistant Dramaturge—Aaron Banks
Sound Technician/ASM—Justin Bauer
Promotions Coordinator—Marie Bordley
Production Artist—Bethany Christiansen
Assistant Stage Manager—Aliyah Cohen
Front of House/Business Staff—Meghan Dannemiller
Set Designer—Zachary Dean
Front of House/Business Staff—Jessica Duncan
Fight Coordinator—Sarah Dunlap
Promotions Coordinator—Patrick Esguerra
Assistant Stage Manager—Matt Gmetro
Promotions Coordinator—Kristen Gramajo
Promotions Advisor—Hannibal Hamlin
Costume Designer—Kaitlyn Hartman
Assistant Dramaturge—Ryan Heitkamp
Assistant Director—Manny Jacquez
Lighting Technician—Brittany Koza
Costume Designer—Alexandra Lendon
Props Manager—Elizabeth Lyle
Costume Designer—Amy (Emory) Noakes
Set Designer—Nicholas Poe
Costume Coordinator—Rebekah Priebe
Stage Manager—Micah Rickerson
Promotions Coordinator—Emma Royce
Music Director—Eddie Singleton
For More Information
For more information about the staging of this production, refer to this production’s archive with the ISE (Internet Shakespeare Editions). Additionally, promotional videos related to the production can be found on Ohio State English’s YouTube Channel.
"This production has given me the unique opportunity to jump out from behind the pages of Richard II and participate in the action itself. It has forced me far outside my comfort zone. I am so grateful to all the friends I have made this semester and to the people who have made this experience possible. I never dreamed I'd be part of such an amazing experiment."
—Aliyah Cohen (BA'17)