Shakespeare's King Lear From Portland Shakespeare ProjectMorrison Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre (1515 SW Morrison St. Portland, OR 97205)
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The last date listed for King Lear was Saturday August 4, 2012 / 7:30pm.
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The Artists Repertory Theatre wraps its season with Ithaka, a contemporary take on one of literature's oldest figures: the returning solider. In this newly commissioned play from Andrea Stolowitz, the soldier in question is both a Marine officer and a woman, Captain Elaine Edwards. Fresh off her latest Afghanistan tour, Edwards has trouble adjusting to life back at home. After a blowup with her husband, she skips town and undertakes an Odyssean journey, battling her monsters and struggling to find a path to her true "home" once more. The Portland-based Stolowitz, winner of the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Antarktikos and the Fowler/Levin Prize for this play, grounds her latest work in interviews with veterans and their families, enhancing the play's realism and its dramatic impact. Join the Artists Rep for this important world premiere on the Morrison Stage. Learn More
4 Goldstar Member Reviews
Written on Aug 06 2012
Some nice acting, and interesting with the updated scenes. A bit jumbled and crowded and hard to follow without knowing your Lear, or reading the Cliff Notes ahead!
Written on Jul 30 2012
Good treatment of the Lear story set in more modern era. Only one actor whom I felt was miscast but did OK. The 2 sisters were great, and Lear's final scene was the most moving I have seen.
Written on Jul 30 2012
Very powerful re-interpretation, well cast and well done. Get tickets before it's too late. These people put their hearts and souls into this production and you don't want to miss it.
Written on Jul 19 2012
The acting in this interpretation of King Lear is exceptional and you can tell each cast member is passionate for the words and stories of the Bard. Truly a hidden gem and my Mom and I really enjoyed the evening very much. It was a very interesting take on the classic and the cast and crew did a lot with a little. Highly recommend. The actor who played King Lear was exceptional, as was Edgar/Tom and Goneril had an intensity you can't take your eyes off. Really great cast.
More Information About King Lear
Jon Kretzu, who will direct this startling, reimagined King Lear, says about the production: “This intimate re-interpretation will focus on exploring the anguish of familial conflict, misunderstanding and violence within the context of a surreal contemporary nightmare of dementia, madness and mortality.” Make your plans now and experience for yourself this summer why King Lear has inspired scholars, poets and even plumbers for hundreds of years.
Director Jon Kretzu’s Notes on His Production of King Lear:
I have always loved King Lear. It is one of those unique artistic works that seem to explore and expose the deepest parts of human behavior and action with depth, poetry and heartbreaking truth. For me, what has always made it work is its depiction of the pain and searing extremes of love and hate present in most families: the need for control; the slow rot of mistrust; jealousy and envy; the sad truth of neglect; and misplaced affection. Mixed into this personal tragedy are larger issues: the shock of realizing the primal, bottomless possibility of violence and cruelty lying dormant in all of us; the deep fear of madness and losing control - either thru trauma or the complexities of the aging process; and, finally, a clear-eyed look into the abyss of life’s realities in a cruel world where happy endings are sadly not the norm.
I want to explore the play thru all of these viewpoints – for me, the social, political strife of the play has always been the least interesting side of the play. Because of this, I want to explore the piece in a more personal, human-sized way, concentrating on the family dynamics and personal tragedies. I am also fascinated by the way Lear’s madness transforms and distorts the world around him into an ever more horrific nightmare. It has always seemed a very contemporary script to me, full of language and action that is as avant garde and surreal as anything in literature. It remains a play that both astonishes and lacerates.
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