- By ARLENE WINNICK
LAArtsOnline’s First Night pre-show party returns to The Wallis Center for the Performing Arts with this month’s King Lear. I usually like my Shakespeare in the traditional style, but this new production of King Lear has changed my mind. Shakespeare’s timeless story of trust, love, power, loyalty and redemption remains the same – however, the play has been bravely radically reinvented and is now set in a future world ravaged by environmental and manmade disasters. The King has cleverly brought his country through the turmoil but at what cost? He must now face the harsh realities of political and familial betrayal as he loses his grip on his power, his country, his family and eventually reality.
Starring as King Lear is Emmy Award winner Joe Morton, one of my favorite performers. Who can forget him as the legendary Brother from Another Planet or recently as Dick Gregory in Turn Me Loose.
The theater has been reconfigured with a dramatic design featuring original music, videos and projections that cleverly surround the audience and visually transports them into a future American dystopia filled with environmental catastrophe and social chaos. Director John Gould Rubin notes, “By immersing the audience… our King Lear confronts us with a looming apocalypse which is the America – indeed the world — we must strive to avoid.”
This adventurous production is not to be missed and one The Bard would surely approve.
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