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Artists Repertory Theatre - Morrison Stage
Located at Artists Repertory Theatre 1515 SW Morrison St. Portland, OR 97205
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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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