Bukovinsky, perhaps best known for his role in the improvisational comedy troupe the No Pants Players, also is a veteran of Shakespeare, having appeared in several community theater productions.
It's made him a bit of a Shakespearean scholar, and he enjoys studying the history of his characters.
While Richard III doesn't have the greatest reputation, even though he reigned for just two years, Bukovinsky thinks of him as a complicated soul.
"About 50 percent of historians think he wasn't all that bad of a guy," he said. "And some say that he was this kind of vile man."
Well, there is that part where he killed his wife and maybe did away with his brothers.
Yet Richard III was loyal to his House of York, and Bukovinsky said he perhaps was a product of his time.
"I don't try to play him as evil," Bukovinsky said. "That's a very simple way to do it. But if you do that, you don't have the layers to him. He does have a bit of a conscience - he knows everything he does is wrong.
"But does he do it for the greater good? Does he believe he's the best person to do this?"
As written by Shakespeare, this Richard III takes the audience into his every move.
"His biggest cohort in the play is the audience. The audience is the only one that knows what he is doing," Bukovinsky said. "There are several soliloquies directly to the audience where he says basically, 'Watch what I'm going to do - I'm telling you right now.' You get to be part of the scheme."
The show is being done in its original Shakespearian dialogue and with period costumes by Penny Fioravante.
Bukovinsky noted he quite likes his leggings and doublets.
"There is maybe nothing more comfortable. I was talking the other day and I said, 'We need to bring these back,' " Bukovinsky said. "Plus we wear these tunics and I have this cape thing going on. I look very fancy."
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Marlette Carter directs. The cast includes Jeff Bukovinsky as Richard III, Melanie Larch as Queen Margaret, Jessica Smith as Queen Elizabeth and Olivia Morris as Lady Anne. Supporting roles include Adam Bryan, John Johnson IV, William Rouse, Josh Fix, Chris Terpening, Mandy Petry, John Halstead, Norman Clerc, Nikki Williams, Ethan Lyvers, Kelly West, Aaron Shepard, Brooke Hirst, Jadon Batista, Kyle Casto, Lauren Casto and Asa Lyvers.