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http://portlandshakes.org/lears-follies/

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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?

Cast:

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

About the Ticket Supplier: Portland Shakespeare Project

The Portland Shakespeare Project is a nonprofit theatre company dedicated to educating, enriching, and entertaining audiences by producing classical works and contemporary works associated with classical material.

The Portland Shakespeare Project is committed to using dedicated, professional, local actors and technicians.

The Portland Shakespeare Project will offer classes and educational programs for students, actors and audience members designed to raise proficiency, broaden knowledge and enrich understanding of classical material and contemporary works which honor the traditions of classical theatre.