The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0003  Wednesday, 3 January 2007

From: 		Stacy Keach <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Saturday, 30 Dec 2006 19:48:02 EST
Subject: 17.1108 King Lear Anniversary
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.1108 King Lear Anniversary

I deeply appreciated Al Margary's providing Louise Jury's reflections on 
King Lear from The Independent, having just played the role myself at 
Chicago's Goodman Theatre under the direction of Robert Falls.  History 
has often overlooked the fact that the text of Lear has survived many 
permutations and interpretations, and it is interesting to note that the 
play is currently enjoying a plethora of productions with Kevin Kline, 
Ian McKellan, and Brian Bedford all tackling the play in forthcoming 
productions and in relatively the same time frame of the ensuing 
theatrical season. It may be of further interest that our production in 
Chicago was preceded in Boston and New York by the wonderful actor, 
Alvin Epstein, who tackled the role at age 80. My own personal 
experience in playing the part supports Jury's reference to Ian Holm's 
notion that it "requires great  stamina" both physically, technically, 
and emotionally, and it seems that  the circumstances of the world's 
current political climate are lending themselves to a multitude of 
interesting and provocative interpretations. Thank you, Ms. Jury, for 
enlisting and renewing our interest in the "Year of Lear", certainly one 
of the milestones of the Shakespearean canon and of a classical actor's 

Stacy Keach

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