The Public did not say that King Lear would be the Bard play Kline would perform this fall, but logic would dictate that the drama is in the running.
Should Kline perform King Lear, it would be the second high-profile production of the seldom-seen, towering tragedy in recent years. In spring 2004, Christopher Plummer received copious praise when he played the mad king at the Vivian Beaumont.
James Lapine will direct the Shakespeare play Kline will act at the Public.
Kline has previously appeared in Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V and Hamlet (twice) at the Public Theater. He won raves recently when he played Falstaff in that history play at Lincoln Center Theater.