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Richard III - sociopath or a casualty of war?

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We had a great time Sunday afternoon at A Noise Within’s production of Shakespeare’s Richard III. The whole time, I thought it was about how people are just damned naïve and don’t want to believe there are sociopaths, like Richard, of Madoff, or whoever, in the world.

But director Geoff Elliott says it’s about the wartime mentality versus the peacetime mentality: Richard was useful during the war because warriors need to be somewhat sociopathic. But when peace comes, you better figure out a way to handle him.

I’ve posted an lightly-edited version of the interview, which includes the ultra-creepy wooing scene, where Richard woos Lady Anne after he’s killed her husband and she … well, listen and find out.