Written by Stephan Wolfert & Dawn Stern

Direction by Jason O’Connell

Choreography by Roman Baca

Studio Theatre
$25+$2.50 Restoration Fee

The Head of Richard Presented by DE-CRUIT

On the eve of battle, Richard III faces his mother, his life of violence, his shame and himself.

The HEAD of RICHARD is a two-actor, 50-minute adaptation using only Shakespeare’s text from Richard III. This retelling of Richard III from a military veteran’s perspective looks at the havoc created by emotional deformity from chronic abuse and humiliation. On the eve of battle, Richard faces his mother, his life of violence, his shame, and himself.

The Head of Richard was created by Army veteran Stephan Wolfert  awarded the 2019 Max Gabriel Award from National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) presented in grateful recognition of Wolfert’s outstanding ability to artistically and powerfully share his story in order to broaden the understanding of PTSD and other mental health challenges faced by our veterans.


Please note there is no late seating for this performance.

De-Cruit welcomes veterans and anyone who may have a strong response to the performance. Audience reaction is welcomed and encouraged. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support your visit to the theater.


The Head of Richard includes content that may be upsetting for some audience members, including enactments of violence: verbal abuse, murder,
self-harm, and war.


The Head of Richard is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Please note all sales are final. We do not offer refunds or exchanges. 

Vaccination Requirements:

All patrons 5 & older must be fully vaccinated 14 days prior to their performance date. Proof of vaccination must be accompanied by a valid photo ID (valid ID for ages 5-18 do not need to include a photo).  

Once a child turns 5, they will have up to 45 days from their date of birth to be fully vaccinated. During those 45 days, they will follow requirements for the “Ages 2-4” category.

The requirement for ages 5-11 to be fully vaccinated follows New York City mandate that went into effect in January 2022.

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Masks must be worn inside the building at all times.