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A re-imagining of Shakespeare's Richard III that follows Richard, a teenager with cerebral palsy who is determined to have revenge on his bullying classmates and make his name by becoming president of the senior class.

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From the producers: A brilliantly hilarious take on "Richard III," Shakespeare’s classic tale of power lust, "Teenage Dick" reimagines the most famous disabled character of all time as a 16-year-old outsider in the deepest winter of his discontent: his junior year at Roseland High. Picked on because of his cerebral palsy (as well as his sometimes creepy Shakespearean way of speaking), Richard is determined to have his revenge and make his name by becoming president of the senior class. But as he manipulates and crushes the obstacles to his electoral success, Richard finds himself faced with a decision he never expected would be his to make: is it better to be loved or feared?

Author Mike Lew’s plays include "Tiger Style!," "Bike America," "microcrisis," "Moustache Guys," and the book to the musical "Bhangin’ It." "Teenage Dick" is presented at the Public by Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Ma-Yi Theater Company. The play was also developed by The Public Theater as part of its 2016 Public Studio Series, and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference.



Gregg Mozgala, who recently starred in Caryl Churchill's "Light Shining In Buckinghamshire" at New York Theatre Workshop and Martyna Majok's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Cost of Living," stars as Richard. The cast also includes Marinda Anderson, Alex Breaux, Shannon DeVido, Sasha Diamond, and Tiffany Villarin. Two-time Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel ("Hand to God") directs.

What is the Public Theater? Founded in 1954 by the legendary showman Joseph Papp, the Public Theater is one of NYC'c preeminent non-profit theaters. Dedicated to the development of new plays and musicals, the theater has spawned many Broadway shows (including "A Chorus Line and current Broadway mega-hit "Hamilton") and has 54 Tony Awards to its credit. More here.

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