Guild Hall Presents Theater Old and New

From Shakespeare to contemporary drama
Simon Russell Beale plays the title role in Joe Hill-Gibbins’s stipped-down production of Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of King Richard II.”

The theatrical pendulum will swing from Shakespeare to contemporary drama at Guild Hall during the coming week, starting tomorrow at 7 p.m. with an encore National Theatre Live screening of “The Tragedy of King Richard II,” recently produced at London’s Almeida Theatre.

Simon Russell Beale, whom the British newspaper The Independent’s theater critic Paul Taylor called “our foremost Shakespearean actor,” plays the irresponsible and vain king whose leadership sent his country into disarray and his court into an uproar. 

About Joe Hill-Gibbins’s new production, Matt Trueman, a theater critic for Variety, wrote, “This is a psychological study of power and its accompanying perils. Stripped back to a skeletal plot that can, admittedly, be hard to follow, Shakespeare’s most poetic history play becomes a political thriller — a tale of how to topple a king.” Tickets are $18, $16 for members.

The JDT Lab, which debuted in 2014 as a workshop devoted to fostering East End performing artists and cultivating audiences for their work, will put on a free performance of “Waiting for Nothing,” a new play created and performed by LaWanda Hopkins and Elijah J. Coleman, on Sunday afternoon at 3.

It is the story of two college freshmen who are stuck living through social media and forced to deal with their inner demons while seeking love. They meet and unexpectedly build a connection that later leads to a challenging moment in their lives.

A Rochester native with a degree in dance from Buffalo University, Ms. Hopkins’s credits include “Andromeda,” a production of the Neo-Political Cowgirls, the East End company founded and directed by Kate Mueth. Mr. Coleman, who has undergraduate degrees in dance and theater and an M.F.A. in acting, has studied at the Shakespeare’s Globe in London and at the Broadway Dance Center.


Achievement Awards Dinner

Guild Hall has announced the recipients of the 34th Academy of the Arts Achievement Awards, which will be given out on March 11 during a benefit dinner at the Rainbow Room in Manhattan.

This year’s honorees are Alice Aycock for visual arts, presented by Adam Weinberg, director of the Whitney Museum, Carter Burwell for performing arts, presented by the filmmaker Ethan Coen, and Bob Colacello for literary arts, presented by the writer Linda Yablonsky. Patti Askwith Kenner will receive a special award for leadership and philanthropy from the actress Tovah Feldshuh. 

The evening will be hosted by Eric Fischl, and Adam Green, a writer and theater critic for Vogue magazine, will be the master of ceremonies.