Sarah M. Pritchett
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,

After 4 p.m.
Office: 304-384-5211
Cell: 304-320-6405
April 4, 2022


ATHENS, W.Va. – Auditions for The Appalachian Shakespeare Project’s summer 2022 production of The Tragedy of King Richard III will be held Saturday, April 16 and Saturday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days at the Alexander Fine Arts building on the campus of Concord University.

This summer will mark the twelfth annual production of the Appalachian Shakespeare Project, and the first production of a play from one of Shakespeare’s history cycles.  According to Dr. Gabriel Rieger, Executive Director of The Appalachian Shakespeare Project and Professor of English literature at Concord University, “The play tells the story of the rise and fall of one of England’s most notorious kings, but you won’t need any special knowledge of history to enjoy our production.”

“Our production will feature Renaissance costuming, political and romantic intrigue, and a lot of exciting swordplay,” Rieger notes.  “We’re holding auditions this month for anyone in the community, from high school age on up, who is interested in joining us.  You don’t need any experience or special skills; all you need is a positive attitude.”

Performances of The Tragedy of Richard III will be held the weekend of July 22, 23, and 24 at the Pipestem Resort State Park amphitheater and the weekend of July 29, 30, and 31 at the Alexander Five Arts building on the campus of Concord University.  Anyone seeking additional information is encouraged to contact Dr. Gabriel Rieger by phone at (304) 308-1517 or email at

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Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086, if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.