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King Lear

Synopsis
The Folger Theatre and The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s 2006 co-production of King Lear directed for stage by Alfred Preisser and videotaped for WAPAVA by George Karseboom. André de Shields is Lear. The majority of the cast is black.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Duration
138 mins

Credits

Director
Alfred Preisser
Writer
William Shakespeare
Production Design
Troy Hourie
Costume
Kimberley Glennon
Contributor
George Karseboom
Cast
André De ShieldsLear
Christina SajousCordelia
Harold SurrattEarl of Gloucester
Ken SchatzFool
Danyon DavisEdgar, later disguised as Tom o’Bedlam
Chantal Jean-PierreGoneril
Deidra Lewan StarnesRegan
Francis MateoDoctor
Francis MateoDuke of Cornwall
Ian LockhartKing of France
Jerome Preston BatesEarl of Kent
Todd ScofieldDuke of Albany
Ty JonesEdmund
Zuanna ShermanOswald

Additional Details

Theatre
Elizabethan Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Library
Theatre company
Folger Theatre
Production type
Stage Recordings
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Black actors; Colourblind casting

Notes

History
At the Harlem School of the Arts Theatre, New York, NY, 29 September-5 November 2006; and at the Folger Theatre, 11 January-18 February 2007.
Reviews
Isherwood, Charles. The New York Times (7 October 2006, p. A20). Isherwood notes on the pace of the production - ‘The good, the bad and the simply unfortunate have expired almost before we’ve come to know them in this brisk but generally unmoving production’.

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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