Genre: Drama
William Shakespeare, Directed by Dominic Cuskern and Sidney Fortner

King Lear is believed by many to be Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Written as a political and social commentary on post-Elizabethan England, King Lear demonstrates what results when individuals let vanity and greed lead them to trespass the bounds of order and proportion, ignoring their natural responsibility to family, community and country. The chaotic consequences: leaders renounce duty; fathers disown children; children displace fathers; war, homicide, fratricide, suicide, and madness. We join Lear and his counterpart, Gloucester, as they are stripped of position, power, family, and sanity – and in the process, through the unwavering devotion of Kent and the Fool, the filial loves of Edgar and Cordelia – discovering their humanity and what it means to forgive and be forgiven. Lear becomes the antithesis of his former arrogant self; he achieves a life without “lendings” – the accumulated material possessions we cling to for meaning – or the need of them.

With an eye toward telling this poignant tale simply and keeping all “lendings” to a minimum, Producing Directors Sidney Fortner and Dominic Cuskern will direct a cast of 17, including: Kevin Blackwelder, John Blaylock*, Jonah Ramu Cohen, Andrew Danish, Adam Ewer, Andrew Firda*, Suzy Kimball, Mark A. Kinch, Brandon Mears, Elliott Mayer*, Peter Oliver, Ross Pivel, Molly Pope, Jerrod Kazumi Popham, Jessica Rothenberg, and Montgomery Sutton*.

Set and Costume Designer: Sidney Fortner; Fight Choreographer: Robert Najarian; Stage Manager: Kristine Ayers.

About the Company: The Gallery Players

A New York institution since 1967, The Gallery Players has served actors and audiences alike for more than 4 decades by showcasing burgeoning new talent and offering a home base for theater professionals. Its eclectic programming of intimate revivals and ambitious new work in inventive productions has earned it the reputation of "New York's Best Kept Secret." The Gallery Players is the recipient of the Off-Off Broadway Review's 2000 Award for Lifetime Achievement and was the recipient of New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical in both 2007 & 2008 for their productions of Urinetown! The musical and Yank! A New Musical (now slated for a Broadway run) and Like You Like It. Among its famous alumni are founding member Harvey Fierstein; Broadway regulars Nancy Anderson, Jeffry Denman and Diedre Goodwin; New York theater personality Seth Rudetsky and many others.

Preview:   07/23/09
Open:   07/25/09
Close:   08/02/09

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The Tragedy of King Lear opens Saturday evening, July 25 and runs through Sunday, August 2, 2009 with preview performances on July 23 and July 24 at 8pm, and July 25th at 2pm, and a special “pay-what-you-will” performance on Monday, July 27 at 7:30pm (12 performances only). Performances take place Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm, matinees are Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.

Theater:   Gallery Players
Address:   199 14th St. (bt 4th and 5th Aves.)
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
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Take the F train to 4th Ave or the R train to 9th street. By car: BQE to Hamilton Avenue to 14th Street.

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