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These informal, online conversations will investigate approaches to essential passages from the Shakespearean and Jacobean canon―and beyond.

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"I AM I"


Monday, July 6, 2020 

On Monday, July 6 Shakespearean actor and Red Bull Stalwart MATTHEW RAUCH sits down with host NATHAN WINKELSTEIN, Red Bulls Associate Producer, to discuss Shakespeare’s first great villain Richard III. Matthew played this role at Shakespeare Theater Company in DC in the acclaimed 2019 production helmed by David Muse. He’ll read passages from the play and discuss his thoughts on the text, character, and the evolution of Shakespeare.


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Richard III

Give me another horse: bind up my wounds.

Have mercy, Jesu!—Soft! I did but dream.

O coward conscience, how dost thou afflict me!

The lights burn blue. It is now dead midnight.

Cold fearful drops stand on my trembling flesh.

What do I fear? myself? there's none else by:

Richard loves Richard; that is, I am I.

Is there a murderer here? No. Yes, I am:

Then fly. What, from myself? Great reason why:

Lest I revenge. What, myself upon myself?

Alack. I love myself. Wherefore? for any good

That I myself have done unto myself?

O, no! alas, I rather hate myself

For hateful deeds committed by myself!

I am a villain: yet I lie. I am not.

Fool, of thyself speak well: fool, do not flatter.

My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,

And every tongue brings in a several tale,

And every tale condemns me for a villain.

Perjury, perjury, in the high'st degree

Murder, stem murder, in the direst degree;

All several sins, all used in each degree,

Throng to the bar, crying all, Guilty! guilty!

I shall despair. There is no creature loves me;

And if I die, no soul shall pity me:

Nay, wherefore should they, since that I myself

Find in myself no pity to myself?

Methought the souls of all that I had murder'd

Came to my tent; and every one did threat

To-morrow's vengeance on the head of Richard.

MATTHEW RAUCH has starred in three Red Bull productions - The Revenger’s Tragedy, Edward the Second, and The Duchess of Malfi, for which he received the Callaway Award. He has appeared in five plays on Broadway, including The Great Society, Junk, and The Merchant of Venice and in 15 off-Broadway plays, including A Particle of Dread and Book of Days at the Signature Theatre, Kin at Playwrights Horizons, The Winters Tale at Shakespeare in the Park, and Still Life at MCC. Regionally, he has performed title roles in Henry V, Richard III, and Macbeth, for which he won the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Actor, and appeared at over a dozen theaters, including The Shakespeare Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Williamstown, Long Wharf, and the Repertory Theater of St Louis. Film credits include The Wolf of Wall Street, Labor Day, The Tale, Frankenfish, Phil Spector, and Premium Rush. On television, he played Clay Burton on all four seasons of Cinemax’s cult hit Banshee, has had recurring roles on Chicago PD, Chambers, Blue Bloods, NCIS New Orleans, Shades of Blue and Treme, and appeared on Seven Seconds, Bull, The Good Wife, SVU, The Blacklist, and Law and Order, among many others. He wrote four - and directed two - episodes of Banshee: Origins for Cinemax, and is the author, with Brad Shelton, of several screenplays and pilots, including Between Two Waves, The Light, and In Between Days, which sold to NBC/Working Title. Matthew trained at the ART Institute at Harvard and is a graduate of Princeton University.
NATHAN WINKELSTEIN has been with Red Bull Theater for three years, serving as Producing Director of The Revelation Reading Series, Education Director of Shakespeare in Schools and the Masterclass offerings. He also serves as a literary and casting associate for Red Bull. Nathan is also the NY Casting Associate for American Shakespeare Center. He has acted or directed for numerous companies around the country and in the UK, including Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Shakespeare Theater Company, W.H.A.T., LCT, The Folger, The Tobacco Factory, American Shakespeare Center and others. Nathan has taught for Red Bull, STC, LCT, WHAT, TGS and Shakespeare Forum; he also provides private acting coaching in NYC. Nathan received his BA in Theater from the University at Buffalo and his MFA in Classical Acting from the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the UK. Nathan is a proud member of Actors Equity.
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