|David Conrad, Maria Kelly
and Michael Earle. Photo by Gerry Goodstein.
in time to 1398 England, the court of Richard II
This rarely performed
history play is the first installment in Shakespeare's royal
tetraology about the fall of the Plantagenet Dynasty and the
rise of the House of Lancaster. Richard's detachment from
the common people, combined with his flagrant spending habits,
shady funding sources, reliance on ill-chosen counselors and
penchant for war, ultimately leads to his epic downfall.