The Season of Lear: Lear's Follies -- New Adaptation of Shakespeare
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With a pop-rock score from the legendary Elton John and lyrics written by his Lion King collaborator (the Academy, Tony and Grammy Award-winning Tim Rice), comes Aida. This massively crowd-pleasing musical delivers a contemporary spin on the classic tale of a forbidden love affair between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier. As their taboo love grows in the face of cultural differences and the pressures of their warring nations, these young lovers must face death itself in order to be together. Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score, Aida is filled with passionate storytelling, exuberant dancing and positively world-class staging and singing. Learn More
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Directed by Michael Mendelson
Portland Shakespeare Project commissioned award winning Portland playwright C.S. Whitcomb, whose other plays include Holidazed, Book of John, and The Wilde Boy, to write this new adaptation of King Lear. Lear’s Follies is set in a Virginia tobacco empire family in 1929. The play explores issues of pride, greed, friendship, devotion and the choices people make in their lives that keep them shackled emotionally to their past.
As one viewer who saw the staged reading of Lear’s Follies at the 2012 Fertile Ground Festival said, “This play will open up the story of King Lear to new audience and make it accessible.” Come and see what King Lear has to teach us in its new form … and maybe even have some fun along the way. Who said that tragedy has to be high on body count and low on laughs?
Colonel Leroy King: Tobias Andersen
Cora Lee King: Amanda Washko
Robert E Lee King: Gary Norman
Magnolia King: Melissa Whitney
Jefferson Davis King: Gavin Hoffman
Honeysuckle King: Katie Butler
Jonesy (a vaudevillian): Matt Smith
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