The African Company Presents Richard III

Sound Designer/ Engineer

In 1821, a small African Company is attempting to produce Richard III in New York. At the same time, a rival Shakespeare Company is also producing Richard III. The rival company attempts to take down the African Company’s production,.

Very early on we determined that due to the limitations of the space and the movement of the play we would need to use Lights and Sound as the primary method for the movement of location. Interestingly, there are several scenes in the play that were written without a location listed. For those scenes, the director and myself worked closely together to determine the location of those scenes and the sound for all of the locations in the show.

One of the things I’m most proud of is re-creating the sound of the Great Hall theatre within the studio theatre space. At the end of the show, one of the main characters performs part of Richard III. This scene takes place in a large proscenium theatre space. I was able to carefully hide a PCC in the set in a way that the audience couldn't see it and recreated the sound of the Great Hall space that was in the same complex that this show was performed. It was quite interesting to hear the comments after the show as many patrons have been in both spaces were amazed to hear it sound so similar.

The African Company Presents Richard III

Director: Robert Ramirez

Scenic Designer: Jennifer Anderson Costume Designer: Annaliese Weber Lighting Designer: Brianna Sue Johnson

Studio Theater at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Photos by: R. Dagit