New take on an old tale

Rachel Handler reacts to advances from Richard, played by Guy Ventoliere, in a scene from

Rachel Handler reacts to advances from Richard, played by Guy Ventoliere, in a scene from “Richard III.”

William Shakespeare describes the character of Gloucester, who eventually becomes the villainous king, as an ugly hunchback who is “rudely stamp’d, deformed, unfinish’d” in “Richard III.”

Now Director Stephanie Barton-Farcas and Nicu’s Spoon Theater Co. present a version of the Bard’s tragedy were all the characters except Richard have some sort of disability.

Barton-Farcas goes one step further by employing 11 actors (out of a cast of 15) who are actually physically or mentally disabled.

The performances begin Sept. 29, at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City.

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