Sacred Heart puts woman-driven spin on Shakespeare classic

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Sacred Heart University is putting a 21st century spin on one of Shakespeare's finest works.

The university's theater program is putting on "Richard III" in the modern world, featuring a female-driven cast. The play tells the story of the deceit and manipulation Richard III uses on his way to become king.

Cast members say their version reflects the current political and economic climate in America, where women are playing a major role.

"I think it's really important to show that we have thoughts and ideas and positions and it's not just, 'Oh, we're going to sit here and watch the adults do it.' We want to start it now at a younger age so that by the time we do get out into the real world and we graduate from college and universities, that we want to step up and we want to have those big positions just like the men do," says senior theater arts major Courtney O'Shea.

Lecturer Emily Bryan says although Shakespeare wrote in pre-media times, the themes within his work are timeless.

"You can walk into them and bring your own time and your own interests and your own dynamic. And then he really takes on these big questions of humanity and you can always explore within that space," says Bryan.

The show starts Thursday and runs through the weekend.

 

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