Queens Kudos nominee for Outstanding Production Vol. 2

Richard Mazda (c.) is surrounded by other cast members of the Queens Players production of "Richard III." Photo courtesy Justin Chauncey

Richard Mazda (c.) is surrounded by other cast members of the Queens Players production of “Richard III.” Photo courtesy Justin Chauncey

A lot of small theater companies stage works by William Shakespeare because frankly the author is dead and they don’t have to pay any royalties.

And Shakespeare by small companies can be hit-or-miss.

Well, the Queens Players at The Secret Theatre most definitely had a hit with their “Richard III.”

This version, transplanted to 1980s England, was a creative mashup of the words of the Bard and the lyrics and music of Mick Jones and Joe Strummer of The Clash.

It was loud –so loud they passed out earplugs at the theater door–violent, sexy and fun.

With skillful direction by Alberto Bonilla and a stellar cast headed by Richard Mazda as the humpbacked bloody monarch this was one production not to miss.

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