The Season of Lear: Lear's Follies -- New Adaptation of Shakespeare
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This ingenious comic stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's thriller The 39 Steps turns a cast of four into more than 100 zany characters (in 100 minutes) with a mix of Hitchcockian masterpiece, juicy spy novel and a touch of Monty Python. The winner of two Tony and Drama Desk Awards, The 39 Steps is a fast-paced and funny whodunit that's brimming with action and romance. Accused of a murder he didn't commit, Richard Hannay flees from the authorities and encounters a string of hair-raising adventures -- as well as an unlikely love connection. Gasp and guffaw as four talented actors re-enact the entire film (including every train chase, plane crash and murder), gleefully portraying the many spies, villains and other intriguing characters that inhabit this action-packed world. 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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