Alumnus of Hopewell Valley Central High School will present a variant of Shakespeare’s Richard III in New York

Hopewell Valley Central High School alumnus Alex Pepperman is taking over New York as executive producer and director of Shakespeare’s Richard III at the Flea Theatre.

His play is a modern fairy tale of murder and madness set in the year 2023. It is set to a mix of music and original sounds by Serena Ebony Miller as Richard III played by Jeffrey Marc Alkins (Mr. Saturday Night on Broadway) tells a cautionary tale of grievances and deranged ambition, according to a press release.

The cast also includes Jennifer Fouché (POTUS on Broadway) as Queen Margaret, Tamil Periasamy (Dopesick on Hulu) as Buckingham, and Laura Yumi Snell (Avenue Q Broadway Tour) as Queen Elizabeth.

The piece also features Ruva Chigwedere, Txai Frota, Ben Natan, Rob Hatzenbeler, Karl Hawkins, Che Kabia, Sam Kebede, Tom Koch, Ahmad Maher, Ariana Pérez, Tony Rayner, Mariela Rivero, Charlie Rodriguez, Arif Silverman, Marcus Xavier Stewart, Emily Tuckman and Katherine Wright.

Pepperman, who graduated from Hopewell Valley Central High School (HVCHS) in 2004 and graduated from Harvard University, is joined by Kanika Asavari Vaish, as Associate Principal, Maher as Deputy Principal, Serena Ebony Miller, as as original score composer and sound design, Heidi Day Wenzel, as set designer, Kevin Anderson, as master carpenter, Niiamar Felder for costume design, Eden Mullins, as production manager, Leana Gardella, as as combat/intimacy/movement director, Jesse Charles Friedman as text coach, Rivero and Wright on dramaturgy, Keith Anderson on graphic design, and Matthew Hogenmiller as marketing director.

The HVCHS alum is a New York-based actor, producer, writer, teacher, text coach – all around theater. He is the Founding Artistic Director and Executive Producer of SoHo Shakespeare Company, a nonprofit charity.

Richard III will open at 7:30 p.m. on October 21 and run through November 12 at the Flea Theater, 20 Thomas St., NY

For more information, visit www.sohoshakes.org.

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