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WHERE: Alban Arts Center
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and March 1-2; 2 p.m. Sunday and March 3
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INFO: 304-721-8896 or www.albanartscenter.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The long-dead British king, Richard the Third, has been in the news lately. The monarch's remains were discovered buried deep beneath a parking lot in Leicaster, England, near where the Battle of Bosworth Field took place and where Richard was killed by the forces of Henry VII.
Suddenly people around the world are talking about the king and his story, which director Marlette Carter admitted was pretty good timing for the Alban Arts Center's staging of William Shakespeare's "Richard III" that opens Friday in St. Albans.
Gazz spoke with Carter about the discovered bones in England, the enduring nature of Shakespeare's work and why the Alban is tackling one of Shakespeare's most often performed plays.
Q: So did you guys have anything to do with the discovery of King Richard's bones a couple of weeks ago?
A: (laughing) "Our PR department is second to none. We snuck over to England a few years ago. The hard part was making it look like we never put the body in the ground."
Q: Kidding aside, why do this particular play?
A:"It's one of Shakespeare's history plays, and the last time I can find that one of those history plays was performed publicly in Charleston, I believe it was 1893, and an actress dropped dead on the stage.