Hidden Room Theatre presents Booth's Richard III

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Booth's Richard III
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For The Hidden Room, a company that specializes in historically significant theatre, notes inside an 1861 promptbook for Richard III are DNA hidden in the book’s rich amber. But the actor/director who wrote most of them, the man who is assisting this work from the beyond, is one of the most detested villains of American history: John Wilkes Booth.

Explore the lost theatre practices of the Civil-War era, glimpse into the mixing of 1860s theatre and politics, and consider how rhetoric and fear turned a country against itself. The promptbook, darkly fascinating, is an unintentional gift - a magic mirror back into to a theatre in 1861, that a radicalized madman left behind.

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Scottish Rite Theater
207 W. 18th St.
Austin, TX 78701


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