The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.408 Monday, 14 September 2015
Date: September 12, 2015 at 10:30:04 PM EDT
Subject: KING LEAR Cross-country
The Independent Eye will be presenting its two-actor/28-puppet staging of Shakespeare’s KING LEAR on a cross-country tour from Sept. 26 through Oct. 30. Performances as follows:
Denver CO - Germinal Stage - Sept. 26-27
Norfolk VA - The Venue at 35th - Oct. 3-4
Towson MD - Towson University - Oct. 6
Philadelphia PA - Studio X - Oct. 9-10
Brooklyn NY - Irondale Center - Oct. 12-13
Bethlehem PA - Touchstone Theatre - Oct. 15-18
Lancaster PA - Franklin & Marshall College - Oct. 19
Bloomsburg PA - Box of Light - Oct. 21
Portsmouth NH - Pontine Theatre - Oct. 23-25
Milwaukee WI - U. Wisconsin/Milwaukee - Oct. 28
West Liberty IA - Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre - Oct. 30
If you’re in the vicinity of any of these, email us and we’ll give times & ticket information. We’d love to meet you.
A five-minute video trailer may be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ8Vjd_eaI8.
The Independent Eye, Ltd.
Two actors. Twenty puppets. Shakespeare’s fiery text. Lear is the puppeteer of his own puppet show, the solo human in his motherless kingdom of power and commodity. Like Dante’s damned souls, caught in a perpetual hell particular to each, Lear obsessively plays out his loss of power, friendship, shelter, sanity, and at last even hope. The Fool is his withered soul, an acid clown who torments Lear, stage-manages his story, and finally disappears into Lear’s madness.
Sprung from The Independent Eye’s series of landmark actor/puppet stagings - Macbeth, The Tempest, Frankenstein, Descent of Inanna - this King Lear features Conrad Bishop as Lear, Elizabeth Fuller as the Fool, with Fuller’s music score.
From Bay Area media-
Utterly convincing, often heartbreakingly so . . . dazzlingly inventive . . . a startlingly effective and haunting Lear - more so than most that have a full cast of living actors.
**Sam Hurwitt - KQED Arts
A work of passion and artistry . . . nothing short of genius.
**David Templeton - North Bay Bohemian
Two masters who have perfected their craft.
**Benjamin Wachs - SF Weekly
Quite frankly, I have never seen anything like it. Within the confines of a puppet stage, too cramped even to stand up, these two create a sweeping, theatrically satisfying version of King Lear that can hold its own with the work of any Shakespeare Festival in the United States. . . . I will never forget it. You won't either.
**Charles Kruger - TheatreStorm
There could not have been a better way to start our festival: Three performances of Lear, with standing ovations after every show; eager audiences staying for the talk backs, full of questions and commendations, not wanting to leave. It was an amazing, mesmerizing, totally magical, tour de force.
-Lynne Jennings, San Diego Puppetry Festival