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King Lear

Synopsis
Videorecording of the play directed by Travis Preston The production was informed by a visit Preston made to Karbala and featured an all-female Afro-American cast.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
23 Jun 2002
Duration
150 mins

Credits

Director
Travis Preston
Writer
Royston Coppenger; William Shakespeare
Music
Vinny Golia
Production Design
Christopher Barreca
Costume
Ellen McCartney
Choreographer
Rica Blunck
Cast
Frances BennettLear
Sydney SlaydenCordelia
Joan MacIntoshEarl of Gloucester
Elina LowensteinFool
Marissa ChibasEdgar, later disguised as Tom o’Bedlam
Amanda DeckerCaptain
Andrea LeblancGoneril
Elaine TseDuke of Cornwall
Gina BelafonteDuke of Albany
Heather Ehlers 
Jessica MorrisKing of France
Lori WoodallDuke of Burgundy
Mandy FreundOswald
Mary Lou RosatoEarl of Kent
Tane KawasakiRegan

Additional Details

Theatre
Brewery Arts Complex, Center for New Theatre at CalArts, Los Angeles
Theatre company
Center for New Theatre
Production type
Stage Recordings
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); All-female casts; Black actors

Notes

General
Scenic designer Christopher Barreca created a set with bleachers for 140 spectators. The bleachers moved about the space on air casters, as the audience looked at the action. In other scenes the audience moved into the adjacent space, where video images were projected on the walls. The production budget, for a two-week engagement, was estimated at $600,000.
Textual information
Text adapted for performance by Royston Coppenger
Reviews
Deese, Helen, Shakespeare Bulletin 21, no.2 (2003), pp42-4. Chaudhuri, Una TDR: The Drama Review 48, no. 1 (2004), pp86-94.

Archive

Name

Theatre on Film and Tape (TOFT)

Email
toft@nypl.org
Web
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Phone
+ 1 (212) 870-1642
Fax
(212) 8701868
Address
Billy Rose Theatre Collection
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York,New York
10023-7498
USA

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