Richard III

Folger Shakepeare Theatre

Washington, DC
Winter 2014

Direction: Robert Richmond
Scene Design: Tony Cisek
Costume Design: Mariah Hale
Sound Design: Eric Shemeolonis
Lighting Design: Jim Hunter

DC Metro Theatre Arts - Best of 2014

The staff of DC Metro Theatre Arts recognized Richard III as one of the Best in Design of 2014 in DC Metro Area Theatres in the following categories:

Scene Design: Tony Cisek for Richard III at The Folger Theatre
Costume Design: Mariah Hale for Richard III at The Folger Theatre
Lighting Design: Jim Hunter for Richard III at The Folger Theatre

2014 BroadwayWorld Washington, DC Regional Awards

Richard III recognized by the readers of BroadwayWorld.Com with first place awards in two categories:

Best Play (Professional/Non-Tour): Richard III - Folger Theatre
Best Direction of a Play (Professional/Non-Tour): Robert Richmond - Richard III - Folger Theatre








“...The Folger Shakespeare Library’s Elizabethan theater has been transformed from its usual proscenium stage to theater in the round for Robert Richmond’s extraordinary production of Richard III. Every element – actors, costumes, scenic design, lighting, sound design and music – contributes to a production that both stops time and leaves one breathless for its speed.”

–Culture Vulture
Full Culture Vulture Review

“...a craftily ghoulish cavalcade.....turned spectrally pale by canny lighting designer Jim Hunter, Richard’s victims rise from their graves to haunt Richard’s nightmare...”

–The Washington Post
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“It is hard to imagine the elegant Folger Theatre reconstructed in the round as a setting for the dark, murderous Richard III. It seems an unnecessary gimmick devised by director Robert Richmond and a defilement of the theater’s unique Elizabethan space. But the stage that Richmond envisioned coupled with the superb, utilitarian design of Tony Cisek and Jim Hunter’s lighting works brilliantly.”

–Washington Life Magazine
Full Washington LIfe Magazine Review






“And I loved, loved, loved the production.”

–Washington Speaks

“Throughout the drama, Jim Hunter’s lighting adds a atmosphere of dark and death to ghastly design for a dungeon’s pit. Sunglasses are never necessary (although worn by a henchman) in this production also billed as a comedy (?), for there is no daylight, only darkness.”

–Washington Speaks
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Lighting Design Renderings



Opening burial scene






Opening burial scene from the balcony






An apparition confronts Richard






The ghosts of Richard's deeds






Clarence imprisoned in the tower






Clarence imprisoned in the tower from the balcony



Live Design Magazine

February 2014 story on reconfiguration of Folger Theatre to arena format featuring lighting design renderings.











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