Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0720. Thursday, 3 October 1996.
Date: Wednesday, 2 Oct 1996 15:21:56 -0400
Subject: Olympia Dukakis' Lear Piece
A regular of my theatre chat room, The Stage Door on AOL, is the PR director
for the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas. For the past month or so, she's been
panicked about selling tix to this piece, and since she's resisted my
suggestion to entitle it "Lear and His Babes" ["Oooh, Daddy, I love you *this*
much"...], I told her I would try to post it to this newsgroup.
I would be interested in hearing anyone's review of how it goes. Jo has been
beserk about it.
OLYMPIA DUKAKIS PREMIERS IN
THE MYSTERY OF THINGS... A WOMAN'S EXPLORATION OF LEAR
On October 5, 1996, Olympia Dukakis will perform the world premier of her
one-woman production, "The Mystery of Things... A Woman's Exploration of
Lear"at Dallas' historic Majestic Theatre. Conceived by Ms. Dukakis and Dennis
Krausnick, "The Mystery of Things... A Woman's Exploration of Lear" is a
dramatic soliloquy using the text of William Shakespeare's "King Lear".
Relations, which are probably one the greatest mysteries for mankind to
understand, are the focus of Ms. Dukakis' exploration. Ms. Dukakis wil perform
excepts from "King Lear" playing the characters of King Lear and his daughters
Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. The passages will highlight a woman's relationship
to the uses and abuses of power, true authority and tyranny, the love and anger
that bonds parent to child and the acceptance of aging.
Ms. Dukakis is a renowned actor of stage and screen. She defines herself as an
actress, producer, teacher and activist. She has performed in over 100
productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and regionally. She is also well-known
for her many screen performances such as "Moonstruck" and "Steel Magnolias" and
has received a multitude of awards including an Academy Award and two Golden
This critically acclaimed actor continues to actively create and develop
theatre projects. Her passion for the works of William Shakespeare and her
regard for Dallas' Shakespeare Festival of Dallas have led her to choose Dallas
as the location for the premier of her latest work.
In the past 25 years, the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas has attracted
audiences totaling almost one million people. Award-winning actors for around
the country have participated in the summer performances of Shakespeare, which
are offered free of charge to the greater Dallas community. "The Mystery of
Things... A Woman's Exploration of Lear" is part of the Shakespeare Festival of
Dallas' newest concept, the Spotlight Series, which brings highly acclaimed
actors to Dallas to perform their unique interpretations of Shakespeare's
"To have such a talented actor support the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas is
truly a great compliment," says Cliff Redd, the Executive Producer of the
Festival. "This premier performance is something so special for the Dallas
community, we wanted to make it accessible to all. We have purposely priced the
event to make it affordable to everyone."
Tickets for this special performance are on sale now through ARTTIX, with
prices at $15, 20, $35, $50 and $150. The $150 Patron ticket includes a private
cocktail party the evening prior to the performance on October 4, with an
appearance by Olympia Dukakis, as well as a dessert and champagne reception
following the performance on October 5. To order tickets, please call ARTTIX at
(214) 871-ARTS. For additional information on "The Mystery of Things... A
Woman's Exploration of Lear" or the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, please call
Contact: Jo Trizila Ingerson, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, (214) 559-2778