Dennehy and Falls Considering King Lear as Next Project

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Brian Dennehy and Robert Falls, who have brought celebrated productions of Death of a Salesman and Long Day's Journey Into Night to Broadway, are considering Shakespeare's King Lear as their next collaboration.

"That's the next logical step," said Dennehy. "I have to confess I'm not sure about American actors doing Shakespeare, but it looks impossible and it looks difficult and it looks ridiculous to try, so those are all reasons we should do it." Falls previously told Playbill On-Line that the two were discussing a stab at Shakespeare's most challenging tragedy, with Dennehy starring as the troubled monarch who descends into madness after dividing his kingdom between two ungrateful daughters, while ignoring their devoted and loving sister. The Goodman artistic director said the production would likely go into the Chicago theatre's smaller Studio space.

To date, Dennehy and Falls have teamed on productions of Brecht's Galileo, Miller's Salesman and O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh, A Touch of the Poet and Journey.

Lincoln Center Theater is bringing in a King Lear starring Christopher Plummer in 2003-04.

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