Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis will present her one-woman show, The Mystery Of Things...A Woman's Explanation Of Lear, for one night only, Oct. 5, at Dallas' Majestic Theatre.
Presented by the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Mystery will focus on relationships, as Dukakis plays Lear and his daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. A special focus will be "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."
Though Olympia Dukakis is best known for her film work (in Moonstruck and Steel Magnolias) she's performed in more than a hundred productions on and Off Broadway, and regionally.
The Mystery Of Things is part of the Shakespeare Festival's new Spotlight Series, which brings highly acclaimed actors to Dallas to perform their unique interpretations of Shakespeare's greatest works. Of Dukakis, Cliff Redd, festival executive producer, said, "To have such a talented actor support the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas is truly a great compliment."
Public Relations and Corporate Development Director Jo Trizila-Ingerson told Playbill On-Line that the Shakespeare Festival approached Dukakis a year ago with the idea for the project, which really intrigued the actress. After the Oct. 5 engagement in Dallas, Dukakis will bring Mystery to Shakespeare and Company in Massachusettes. She then hopes to evolve the piece further via readings in New York. For tickets and information for The Mystery Of Things in Dallas, please call (214)559-2778.
-- By David Lefkowitz