Born Again Through Shakespeare
Written and performed by Gwyneth Richards
Directed by Michael A. Berg

Photo by: Colin Hussey
Gwyneth Richards saw the light of Shakespeare and followed the Bard! An award-winning actor and teacher for over twenty years, she relates with humor and passion the trials and cost of discipleship--and how Shakespeare has returned the favor during the crises in her life. She was part of Footloose's Women on the Way Festival in January, 2008. "While her life journey covers much ground, the most fascinating part of the piece describes a period of depressions, out of which emerges one of the most moving of her speeches: Hamlet's 'To Be or Not to Be' monologue. Later, Ms. Richards continues with an aptly chosen quote that reflects the essence of the Festival that encourages women to dare share their voices publicly, and in Ms. Richards' case to do so with inspired intelligence." Linda Ayres-Frederick, SF Bay Times

Gwyneth Richards' recent theater performances include Eleanor of Aquitaine (The Lion in Winter), Emily Dickinson (The Belle of Amherst), Mistress Page (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Melanie Garth (Quartermaine's Terms), for which she received a Bay Area Critics' Circle Award, and the Countess of Rossillion (All's Well that Ends Well). For the past six years she has performed at the East Bay Literary Salon's annual Will's Day Event, where this show had its genesis, as have two other performance pieces she has written: Shakespeare's Women and The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare and Monarchy. Gwyneth has taught at A.C.T., California Shakespeare Theatre, and The College of Marin and been the dramaturg or Shakespeare acting coach for productions at Marin Academy, Shakespeare at Stinson, Cutting Ball Theatre, as well as a featured instructor for Theatre Bay Area. Her innovative "Shakespeare without Tears" classes have been popular with actors since 1986. Gwyneth is represented by JE Talent.