Druid’s ‘Richard III’

In the first moments of the Druid theater company’s "Richard III" at John Jay College’s Gerald W. Lynch Theater, a wraith-like female figure slinks across the stage, trailing tattered veils. This is the deposed and widowed Queen Margaret a loser in Britain’s bloody Wars of the Roses. Her unscripted entry here suggests the curse she has placed, as we later learn, on the winners—the family of Richard of York, later King Richard.

‘Moustapha Alassane x 3’

A pioneering Nigerien filmmaker who has yet to enjoy due recognition for his prolific career as one of the most important figures of early African cinema, Moustapha Alassane almost single-handedly made the 1970s a high point for film production in Niger following the country’s independence from France in 1960. Ten of his short films, divided into three separate showings, will be playing at Metrograph in a retrospective of his work.