• William Shakespeare
    Conceived and Adaptated by Jessica Kubzansky


Santa Cruz Shakespeare

Three bold actors bathed in brooding light and soundwork take charge of the outdoor stage in Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s ingenious production of RII, a compressed adaptation by Jessica Kubzansky of Shakespeare’s King Richard the Second.

The effect is by turns brilliant and surprising. Hearing Shakespeare explore the power of the English language makes RII a mesmerizing experience.

The actors move fluidly in and out of their various parts, bodying forth all the intrigue, allegiance, and plotting that will launch the Hundred Years War. Thanks to intelligent direction by Melissa Rain Anderson, we are never in any doubt as to who’s who...

Fine acting and inspired light and soundwork keep the various flashbacks moving swiftly, interweaving the doomed Richard and his chequered past into a shimmering organism.

RII is worth its weight in dramatic gold. Skillful acting, pliant adaptation, and the exciting stagecraft we’ve come to expect of Santa Cruz Shakespeare.

Christina Waters
Good Times

  • Scenic Design by Dipu Gupta
  • Costume Design by B. Modern
  • Lighting Design by Kent Dorsey
  • Sound Design & Music Composition by Rody Ortega
  • Photos by Shmuel Thaler

Cast: Mike Ryan, Lorenzo Roberts, Paige Lindsey White