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Richard III self-made king: an analysis of the study guide created for a fictitious adaptation of Richard III as proposed to the New York City based LAByrinth Theatre Company.
My project report is the analysis of the dramaturgical work for a fictitious adaptation of Richard III that I proposed to the New York City based LAByrinth Theatre Company. As the dramaturg for this fictitious production, I created a study guide which became an important objective in the completion of my graduate studies. The Richard III adaptation is set in the 1950s in the Dominican Republic and uses the former Dominican dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo as the inspiration for Richard. A section of the study guide includes research on the social and political life of the Dominican Republic, with extensive information about Trujillo. Another section mentions Shakespeare, his sources, and his use of language. Another section describes how the fictitious production uses LAByrinth's unique theatrical style and also describes LAByrinth's audience, which has been cultivated for twenty years. The study guide concludes with an exploration of stage villainy that includes descriptions of two previous political adaptations of Richard III, one mounted in 2009 by Teatro Atalaya in Spain, and the other by Teatro Occidente's 2008 in Columbia.