05 Jun

Booth’s Richard III

The Hidden Room Theater presents:

Excerpts from John Wilkes Booth's Richard III

Monday, June 11th. 6pm-8pm. Freewill donations only.

Imagine a production of Shakespeare’s Richard III that has this entry in a promptbook:

Ready trumpet. Boy ready with armor. Take time. More piano. Long flourish continued till discovery, next Sc. – and do not W Till Mr Booth is on stage.

The “Mr Booth” in question is none other than the then-famous, now-infamous John Wilkes Booth.

This month, the Hidden Room Theatre, in conjunction with the Harry Ransom Center and Austin Scottish Rite Theater will open their historically-informed and meticulously researched performances based on John Wilkes Booth’s 1861 production of Richard III. We’re lucky enough to have them join us at the 1856 Neill-Cochran House for excepts from the play, discussion of the technique and historical context of the production, and, of course, complementary cocktails courtesy of 9 Banded Whiskey and Dripping Springs Vodka. For those of you who always do your homework, the HRC has made Booth’s promptbook available to view online.

We hope you’ll join us on Monday, June 11th for this special preview and discussion at the historic Neill-Cochran House Museum. Doors open at 6pm; performance and discussion to follow at 6:30pm. Freewill donations only (cash/credit). No RSVP necessary. Please bring your ID if you plan to visit the bar.

Parking is available free to visitors in the museum lot located off of 23rd street between San Gabriel and Leon.