The Lear Project
Harwich Junior Theatre, Cape Cod, MA
September ‘07

Actress Florence Phillips leads an all female cast as the doomed Lear in Andy Arden Reese’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear. In The LEAR Project, Theatre LÎLA - in collaboration with the Harwich Junior Theatre - assembles a multi-generational cast of women to dissect, dissemble, and dissolve expectations of women in power. Exploding the tragic story of monarch Lear, who’s crumbling body mirrors the crumbling of an empire, this production places women in the roles conventionally played by men and smashes the rules of the mother/daughter, sister/sister, friend/friend relationship and the roles women play when confronted with the temptation of ultimate power – who will rise and who will fall prey to its omnivorous corruption? True to its mission of creating provocative choreographic theater, Theatre LÎLA promises a Lear that will not go gently into the dark night.

While in residence at the Harwich Junior Theatre, Theatre LILA will also hold an intensive performance workshop. Theatre LÎLA’s Artistic Directors, Andy Arden Reese and Jessica Lanius, and founding company member, Susan Schuld, will lead a performance workshop for young people in conjunction with The Lear Project. In this 2 1/2 week after-school workshop, participants will delve into the physical theater techniques of LÎLA’s 360º fusion, working intensively with physical theater, voice, and movement techniques to create the visual landscape of Lear’s theatrical terrain. Workshop participants will perform the culmination of this theatrical research in The Lear Project.


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