All performances are FREE and open to the public!

so grab some friends, grab a picnic, and come join us for this remarkable play of loyalties tested, treachery, and power.

#SelfishDesire #will4nil

Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park
(Enter Park at 145th St & Riverside Drive)

Sunday, September 15th at 1:00pm
Friday, September 20th at 5:00pm
Saturday, September 21st at 5:00pm
Sunday, September 22nd at 1:00pm

Friday, September 6th at 5:00pm
Saturday, September 7th at 5:00pm
Sunday, September 8th at 1:00pm
Saturday, September 14th at 5:00pm

Summit Rock in Central Park

(Enter park at 81st St & Central Park West)

Friday, September 13th at 5:00pm



Patrick Harman
(Richard the Third) is ecstatic to be making his Fools & Kings debut as “the vile bunch-backed toad”. He is a BFA graduate of Hofstra University and a co-owner of Stone and Steel stage combat company. Previous credits include Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Henry V (Henry V) and Bill (Generation (LAZ)Y). He will also be seen in a new web series, “I Killed Batman”, as a rather self-aware goon, coming to a laptop near you! Thank you to the crew for all the hard work, Calvin for guiding this brilliant show, and the cast for their immense talent and for the fun! Love always to T.


Elizabeth Officer
(Duchess of Buckingham) Elizabeth is a native of Seattle and an alumna of the University of Washington. While Richard III marks her debut with Fools & Kings, previous Shakespeare credits include Romeo and Juliet, Titus Andronicus, and Twelfth Night. Currently Elizabeth can be seen in the award winning short film "Dodgson." In addition to acting, she enjoys practicing yoga, plays in a ukulele ensemble, and is a proud mentor with Big Brother Big Sister of NYC.


Kay Kelley
(Queen Elizabeth) Kay is a New York actor who grew up in Boston, MA. She spent summers training at Brown and Carnegie Mellon before attending the University of Michigan for her BFA, since graduating, she has specialized in performing and developing new works, her favorite being Rebecca Gilman’s Twilight Bowl at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Other credits include: Alice in B.F.F. (Hudson Guild Theater), Hero in Much Ado About Nothing (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company/apprentice alum), Toinette in The Imaginary Invalid (University of Michigan), Rose in The Flick (Basement Arts), Chris in Dancing at Lughnasa (Rude Mechanicals), Sharazade in an all female production of The Arabian Nights (University of Michigan), Amy in Dry Land (Basement Arts), and Agrippina in Caligula (Hudson Guild Theater). She’s so excited to put her combat skills to work in this production; for a full list of training, credits, and upcoming projects, check out Go Blue!


Zachary Paul Lawrence
(Ratcliffe/King Edward) hails from Chicago, Illinois. He has spent much of his adult life in England, having studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and, most recently, at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London; graduation last year with a Masters in Classical Acting. He worked in Chicago for a few years, primarily on the works of George Bernard Shaw with Shaw Chicago. He’s very excited to see what New York will bring! His favorite Shakespeare is The Winter’s Tale


Alex Taylor
(Richmond/Rivers) is thrilled to be working with Fools & Kings! Recent credits include Aufidius in Hudson Shakespeare Company’s all-female Coriolanus and Sam in Two is a Prime Number at Theatre for the New City’s Dream Up Festival. Coming up, she will be recording her first audio book, Christa Avampato’s Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters with Double or Nothing Media. Keep up with Alex at, and on Instagram @taylorrosealex!


Anna Lou Hearn
(Lady Anne/Prince Edward/Soldier) was born in Baltimore, Maryland and received her B.A. in Theater from Temple University in Philadelphia. She is a NYC based actress and has worked in theater and film. Favorite productions include: Romeo & Juliet, David Ives’ The Liar, and The Glass Menagerie. Recent Credits: Troilus and Cressida at Under St. Marks and The Three Musketeers at GPAC. She would like to thank her family for always being there, as well as her mentor, Actor/Director Donna Snow. Lastly—to her dear friend and amazingly talented director Calvin—your kindred spirit and mutual love of the bard is forever a blessing and she is grateful to be on this journey with you.


Yvonne Jessica Pruitt
 (Queen Margaret) is a Brooklyn born and raised, New York City based actor. She is excited to be working with The Fools & Kings Project. She recently made her New York stage debut at The Flea Theater in Southern Promises. A recent graduate from Seton Hall University, her other credits included: Steel Magnolias (SOPAC), As You Like It, Learned Ladies, Radium Girls (SOPAC), The Way of the World (SOPAC), Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Women of Lockerbie. Many thanks to family and friends for their unwavering support!


Nettie Chickering (Duchess of York) is over the moon to join Fools & Kings’ production of Richard the Third. New Hampshire native Nettie honed her craft at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Most recently, she played Capulet, The Prince, Sampson, and composed / sang music, for Fair Shakespeare Company’s Romeo & Juliet. Favorite roles include Mama Nadi in Ruined, and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Nettie sings with an avant-garde/ experimental jazz band, Heroes Are Gang Leaders. She recently performed at the Jazz em Augusto Festival in Lisbon, Portugal. Up next, Nettie will join Hamlet Isn’t Dead’s Resident Acting Company, and continue to nurture her everlasting love of the Bard! Thank you to the cast, and to creative team for an incredible opportunity! @nettiechickering 


Clinton Powell
(Clarence/Blunt/Messenger) is an experimental and Shakespearean actor. Training: Alfred University (BA in Theatre and English). Clinton studied Viewpoints with Synaesthetic Theatre: The Trial of K (Kafka) and Icon (Narcissus). Clinton is excited to return to The Fools & Kings Project, previously seen in Much Ado About Nothing (Conrade/Balthasar). Previous favorites: Barefoot Shakespeare Company/Company of Fools’ Measure for Measure (Friar Peter/Messenger/Overdone), The Viewpoints Collective’s My Life Among the Serial Killers (Warden/Gilles de Rais/Bob Berdella), Torn Out Theater’s Naked Hamlet (Gertrude), and South Dakota Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale (Antigonus/3rd Gentleman).


JD Fowler (Hastings/Tyrrel) has an adamant love of Shakespeare and is very pleased with this opportunity to work with Fools & Kings.


Rachel Weekley (Catesby) is an NYC based performer, originally from Athens, Ohio. They earned their BFA in performance at Ohio University and have been performing up here ever since. Most recently they have performed their own clowning work at Dixon Place's Hearts on the Wall. As well as "The Nameless" in Step 1 Theater Project's production of Mahogany Brown and the Case of the Disappearing Kid. They are an active member of SCOWL, a queer focused, wresting oriented performance group and a "Valkyrie" in the resident performance company of Vulcan Theater.  If you'd like to check out more of their work you can go to or IG @Rachel.weekley 
Much love to all those who support them. 


Dorsey Sprouls
(Dorset/Murderer) is currently a Brooklyn-based actor, but he originally hails from the snowy tundra of Minnesota. Some of his favorite past productions have been The Importance of Being Earnest (Jack), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), The Producers, (Leo Bloom), The Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Syracuse), and Spamalot (Herbert), as well as a one-man, one-brick production of The Myths and Bricks Project, which he also directed. This is his first production with The Fools & Kings Project, and he is delighted to bring one of his favorite Shakespeare plays to life.


Shahzeb Hussain
(Lord Stanley) I am Shahzeb Hussain and am very excited to be a part of this production. I am a Pakistani American actor. This is my first show in New York and I could not have felt more welcomed than with this cast and crew. I’m honored to tell a story that has stood the test of time and share this stage with such talented individuals. I truly hope you enjoy our production of Richard III. If not, I hope you brought your tomatoes and other fruits to throw, because at least then I’ll have a shorter grocery list.

Creative Team


Calvin Atkinson (Director) is a Brooklyn-based director-choreographer who most recently presented Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida at UNDER St. Marks. Other favorite past projects include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are DeadBat Boy: The Musical, and On the Town. Proudly trained in the Philadelphia theater scene at Temple University, Calvin is excited to tackle the bard's slimiest tragedy as a part of The Fools and Kings Project. Thanks to Vanessa and Melissa for the opportunity, and to his ever-growing theater family for all the support.


Michael Hagins (Fight Director) has done every Shakespeare play in the Canon as an actor, director or fight director, and is looking forward to working with the Fools & Kings Project on Richard III.  Michael has appeared in previous productions of Fools & Kings as King Alonso in The Tempest, The Duke in The Comedy of Errors, and Polonius in Hamlet.  He is an avid fan of both Shakespearean work and outdoor theatre, and he is thankful to have an amazing opportunity to work on this amazing endeavor!  Thank you to Calvin, Melissa and Vanessa for the ambition, and you for reading this and supporting the independent theatre scene!


Gladys Hendricks (Rehearsal Stage Manager) is a Meisner-trained actor with a passion for Shakespeare and a keen eye to logistics. She completed her training at the Acting Studio under James Price and has enjoyed flexing an alternative skill set on the other side of the table in her stage manager hat.


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