Goodman Lear Cast of Keach, Witt, Odeh, Torres, Roberts Reunite in DC June 16-July 19

News   Goodman Lear Cast of Keach, Witt, Odeh, Torres, Roberts Reunite in DC June 16-July 19 Stacy Keach returns to the Everest of Shakespeare roles, King Lear, June 16 with the first preview of the Washington, DC, premiere of Robert Falls' production.
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Falls (Broadway's Death of a Salesman, Long Day's Journey Into Night and the current Desire Under the Elms) staged the tragedy starring Keach in 2006 at Goodman Theatre, where Falls is artistic director. Most of that cast returns to the 2009 production, now produced by The Shakespeare Theatre Company at Sidney Harman Hall. (Keach was Nixon in the 2008-09 national tour of Frost/Nixon.)

Performances continue to July 19. (Meanwhile, Noel Coward's Design for Living plays at STC's Lansburgh Theatre.)

According to STC, "Tony Award winner Robert Falls remounts his 2006 production, which captures both the stark violence and devastating passion of Shakespeare's masterpiece. Stacy Keach will play the title role, returning to STC for the first time since Macbeth in 1995."

The cast includes Kim Martin-Cotton as Goneril, Kate Arrington Regan, Laura Odeh as Cordelia, Andrew Long as Albany, Chris Genebach as Cornwall, Aubrey Deeker as King of France, Edward Gero as Earl of Gloucester, Joaquin Torres as Edgar, Jonno Roberts as Edmund, Steve Pickering as Earl of Kent, Howard Witt as Fool, Dieterich Gray as Oswald, Hugh Nees as Old Man, Gary Neal Johnson as Knight, Conrad Feininger as Medic, David Blixt Captain, plus Norman Aronovic, Stacey Cabaj, Billy Finn, Dan Istrate, Dan Lawrence, William LeDent, Matthew B. Luceno, Brian MacDonald, Carol Randolph, Jeffrey Scott, Amanda Tudor, Scott Hamilton Westerman.

The creative team features Walt Spangler (set designer), Ana Kuzmanic (costume designer), Michael Philippi (lighting designer), Richard Woodbury (sound designer), Rick Sordelet (fight director), Ellen O'Brien (vocal coach), David Paul (assistant director), Hannah Todd (directorial assistant), Akiva Fox (literary associate), Lloyd Davis Jr. (stage manager), Benjamin Royer (assistant stage manager). "One of the most powerful dramas in Western literature, King Lear is both an intimate family drama and an explosive political epic," according to STC. "Beginning with a monarch's division of his kingdom amongst his three daughters, Lear explores the most basic questions of human existence: love and duty, power and loss, good and evil."

Fore more information, visit www.shakespearetheatre.org.

Stacy Keach (Lear) and Edward Gero (Gloucester).
Stacy Keach (Lear) and Edward Gero (Gloucester). Photo by Liz Lauren
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