Stage, screen, and television actor Anthony Heald—fresh off his stint in The Elephant Man on Broadway—joins the ranks of legendary Lears like Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Anthony Hopkins, and Ian McKellen in his Cal Shakes debut. Directing this much-anticipated production, in which an aging ruler selfishly divides up his kingdom and, in the process, tears his family, and his country, apart, will be Amanda Dehnert, who thrilled Oregon Shakespeare Festival audiences with radically inventive productions of My Fair Lady in 2013 and Into the Woods last year.
Often called “the Everest” of tragedies because of the scale of emotions to which it soars and descends, King Lear speaks directly today to a society afraid of the complications, conflicts, and needs that come with aging, while reminding audiences of the resilience of love.
King Lear run time:
First Act: 1 hour 28 minutes.
One intermission: 15 minutes.
Second Act: 48 minutes.
(Running time is subject to change in previews.)
Director - AMANDA DEHNERT
Scenic Designer - DANIEL OSTLING
Costume Designer - MELISSA TORCHIA
Lighting Designer - CHRISTOPHER AKERLIND
Sound Design/Composition - JOSHUA HORVATH
Resident Fight Director - DAVE MAIER
Stage Manager - KAREN SZPALLER*
Assistant Director - KEN SAVAGE
Assistant Lighting Designer - HAMILTON GUILLÉN
Assistant Stage Manager - CHRIS WATERS*
Production Assistant - CHRISTINA LARSON
King Lear - ANTHONY HEALD*
His eldest daughter, Goneril - ARWEN ANDERSON*
His middle daughter, Regan - EL BEH
His youngest, Cordelia - KJERSTINE ROSE ANDERSON*
His advisor, Kent - ALDO BILLINGSLEA*
Goneril’s husband, Duke of Albany - SAM MISNER*
Regan’s husband, Duke of Cornwall - CRAIG MARKER*
King of France - PATRICK ALPARONE*
Earl of Gloucester - CHARLES SHAW ROBINSON*
His elder son, Edgar - RAFAEL JORDAN*
His younger, bastard son Edmund - DAN CLEGG*
Oswald, servant to Goneril’s house - PATRICK ALPARONE*
Curan, servant to Gloucester’s house - SAM MISNER*
A doctor in Cordelia’s camp - CRAIG MARKER*
Various knights and attendants - THE COMPANY
*Denotes member of Actor's Equity Association.
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