Teenage Dick

Sept 20 - Oct 17, 2021

  • By Mike Lew
  • Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel

A modern, darkly comic re-telling of Shakespeare’s RICHARD III set in the most treacherous of places– high school.

Welcome to a modern, darkly comic re-telling of Shakespeare’s Richard III set in the most treacherous of places – high school. Bullied because of his cerebral palsy, Richard is willing to crush his enemies in order to become senior class president. But all the scheming, manipulation, and revenge plots force him to ask the age-old question: is it better to be loved or feared?

Produced in Association with Huntington Theatre Company
and Pasadena Playhouse

"Initially planned for June 2020, we were well into final designs and only a little over a month away from rehearsals when we had to postpone this show last season because of the coronavirus. This hysterical and riveting reimagining of RICHARD III showcases the self-loathing that comes from social rejection, especially for disabled youth. It feels so important to have this show back in our season, especially given the contemporary resonance of conversations about bullying on social media, and the toxic masculinity we are witnessing all over our country. This show also demands that all of us reevaluate our rhetoric surrounding the disabled experience."

- Maria Manuela Goyanes, Artistic Director