Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Stephen Brown-Fried
January 22 – February 9, 2020
Considered by many to be the greatest of Shakespeare’s tragedies, King Lear depicts two aging parents – one a King, one his courtier – as they reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends. This bold new vision of Shakespeare’s epic stars Northern Stage favorite Jamie Horton (Northern Stage’s Orwell in America at 59E59 Theaters Off-Broadway) under the direction of nationally-acclaimed Shakespeare director Stephen Brown-Fried (Northern Stage’s Macbeth).
Advisory: King Lear is recommended for ages 13 and up for physical violence and adult themes. There is also one short scene that depicts domestic violence. This production contains haze, strobe, and intense sound effects, including live gunfire from prop guns. We do not recommend that patrons with latex allergies attend this production.
Please note: Each parent and child is different; use your own discretion when deciding what is right for your family.
For patrons sitting in A101-106 and A301-306, note that lightweight pieces of foam and rubber will drop from the ceiling at the end of Act I. It’s unlikely to affect you at all, but there is a small possibility that a piece would brush your body or face. Please contact the box office if you would like to sit in alternate seats. If you choose to remain in your seats, we will provide you with safety goggles that you can put on 80 minutes into the show when the storm sequence begins and leave on until the end of the act. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Run Time: Approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission
Spot On – Sunday, January 26, 3:00 PM
What brings a man to stand in front of his three daughters and ask who loves him the most? King Lear is a story of two dysfunctional families, and of dangerous dynamics many of us may recognize. Uncover the fascinating themes that make King Lear one of our most enduring stories with David S. Leong: the only person in the United States who is a certified conflict resolution trainer and a certified fight master.
David S. Leong’s fight choreography has been seen in over 20 Broadway plays and musicals and on the stages of almost every major LORT theatre in America. A long-time tenured full professor, David taught at the Juilliard School, Brandeis University, and Virginia Commonwealth University where he is Emeritus faculty. His book Real-World Public Speaking: Great Presentations as Theatre is used by thousands of people across the U.S. David frequently talks about trust and collaboration in business and medicine and his talk How to Build a Team When All They Do Is Fight was featured on Broadway TedX in September 2019.
All Spot On conversations take place in the Byrne Theater at the Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates Street, White River Junction, VT 05001-7052. These events are free and open to the public but tickets are required. Contact the box office at (802) 296-7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.