Tony Winner Beverley Will Be King Lear at the National Black Theatre

News   Tony Winner Beverley Will Be King Lear at the National Black Theatre The Take Wing and Soar Productions mounting of Shakespeare's King Lear will offer a bit of gender-bending casting: Tony Award-winning actress Trezana Beverley will star in the title role.

Directed by Timothy D. Stickney, the production will play the National Black Theatre Feb. 20-March 1.

Beverley will be joined onstage by Leon Addison Brown, Jim DeMonic and Bryan Webster with James Edward Becton, Freeman Borden, Alvin Chan, Matthew Cohn, Robin LeMon, Jennifer Le Blanc, Anja Lee, Marcus Lorenzo, Tom Martin, Morgan McGuire, Khemali Murray, Declan Sammon, Tovah Suttle, Chris Triana, Armand Valdes, Kari Nicole Washington and Mary Hodges as Lear's Fool.

King Lear, according to press notes, "tells a poignant tale of tragedy, murder, greed, power, madness and ungrateful children! Can a man of power give away that which makes him powerful and still rule?"

The creative team also includes Dr. Mark Ringer (dramaturg), Pavlo Bosyy (scenic design), Ali Turns (costume design), Joyce Liao (lighting design) and David D. Wright (sound design). The production stage manager is Norman Small.

Producer/artistic director of King Lear is Debra Ann Byrd. Flora Gillard is producer, and David Weaver is the associate producer. Trezana Beverley won a Tony Award for her performance in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Her other acting credits include roles in Mother Courage, Flyin' West, Peer Gynt and Macbeth. Her directorial credits include Salome, Yellowman, String of Pearls and The Bluest Eye.

Show times are Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 4 PM.

The National Black Theatre - North Tower is located at 2031 Fifth Avenue at 125th Street. For tickets, priced $15-$18, call (212) 868-4444 or go to www.smarttix.com.

For more information visit www.takewingandsoar.org.

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