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King Lear

Synopsis
Video recording of Michael Kahn’s 1999 production of King Lear for the Shakespeare Theatre Company with Ted van Griethuysen as Lear. Videotaped for WAPAVA by James J. Taylor.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
10 Oct 1999

Credits

Director
Michael Kahn
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
David Van Tieghem
Production Design
Georgi Alexi-Meskhishvili
Costume
Georgi Alexi-Meskhishvili
Contributor
James J. Taylor
Cast
Ted Van GriethuysenLear
Monique HoltCordelia
David SabinEarl of Gloucester
Floyd KingFool
Cameron FolmarEdgar, later disguised as Tom o’Bedlam
Andrew LongEdmund
Christopher WilsonDuke of Burgundy
David DeBesseKing of France
Henry WoroniczEarl of Kent
Jennifer HarmonRegan
Patrick Ellison SheaOswald
Ralph CoshamDuke of Cornwall
Tana HickenGoneril
William WhiteheadDuke of Albany

Additional Details

Theatre
Lansburgh, Washington DC
Theatre company
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
1990s
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
deaf persons; sign languages; Shakespeare, William; American sign language

Notes

General
The role of Cordelia was played by deaf actress Monique Holt. Cordelia (who can lip read) signs most of her lines
and they are spoken aloud by others, although she does speak the line "I am" when Lear recognises her after his madness).
History
Produced by the Shakespeare Theatre at the Lansburgh, Washington, DC, 31 August-24 October 1999; and at the Shakespeare Free for All at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre, Washington, DC, June 2001.
Reviews
Horwitz, Jane. Washington Post 5 October 1999, p. C5 (interview with Michael Kahn).

Archive

Name

Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (WAPAVA)

Email
leahkim@umd.edu
Web
http://www.wapava.org External site opens in new window
Phone
(301) 405 9117
Address
James J. Taylor Collection
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland 20742-1630

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