Shakespeare Marathon – PlayMakers Repertory Company

PlayMakers Repertory Company presents King Lear on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 9 pm, in NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC.

DIRECTOR : Benjamin Curns
Lear: David Adamson
Fool/Burgundy: Ray Dooley
Kent: Gregory DeCandia
Gloucester: Jeffrey Blair Cornell
Edgar: Schuyler Scott Mastain
Edmund: Myles Bullock
Goneril: Katy Castaldi
Albany: Daniel Bailin
Oswald/Ensemble: Jeremy L. West
Regan: Arielle Yoder
Cornwall: Byron Frazelle
Cordelia: Allison Altman
France/Ensemble: Jade Arnold


ABOUT THE PLAY :  King Lear dramatizes the story of an aged king of ancient Britain, whose plan to divide his kingdom among his three daughters ends tragically. When he tests each by asking how much she loves him, the older daughters, Goneril and Regan, flatter him. The youngest, Cordelia, does not, and Lear disowns and banishes her. She marries the king of France. Goneril and Regan turn on Lear, leaving him to wander madly in a furious storm.

Meanwhile, the Earl of Gloucester’s illegitimate son Edmund turns Gloucester against his legitimate son, Edgar. Gloucester, appalled at the daughters’ treatment of Lear, gets news that a French army is coming to help Lear. Edmund betrays Gloucester to Regan and her husband, Cornwall, who puts out Gloucester’s eyes and makes Edmund the Earl of Gloucester.

Cordelia and the French army save Lear, but the army is defeated. Edmund imprisons Cordelia and Lear. Edgar then mortally wounds Edmund in a trial by combat. Dying, Edmund confesses that he has ordered the deaths of Cordelia and Lear. Before they can be rescued, Lear brings in Cordelia’s body and then he himself dies.

Folger Shakespeare Library. “King Lear.” Folger Shakespeare Library. n.d. Web. April 1, 2016.