Harry Groener and Dakin Matthews Will Be Dueling King Lears in Los Angeles

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Three-time Tony Award nominee Harry Groener and Dakin Matthews will both portray Shakespeare's King Lear in a double-cast production for the Antaeus Company in Los Angeles.
Harry Groener
Harry Groener

Bart DeLorenzo will stage the dual-cast engagement that will begin previews June 12 and continue through Aug. 8. Two gala openings, one for each respective cast, are set for June 26 and 27.

Groener (Crazy for You, An American in Paris) and Anteaus founding artistic director Matthews (2010 Bridge Project) will lead a company that also features Allegra Fulton and Kirsten Potter as Goneril; Francia DiMase and Jen Dede as Regan; Rebecca Mozo and Tessa Thompson as Cordelia; Ramon De Ocampo and John Sloan as Edgar; Daniel Bess and Seamus Dever as Edmund; JD Cullum and Stephen Caffrey as the Fool; Robert Pine and Norman Snow as Gloucester; Morlan Higgins and Gregory Itzin as Kent; Kevin Daniels and Adrian Latourelle as Cornwall; and John DeMita and Thomas Vincent Kelly as Albany.

The ensemble comprises Adam Meyer, Brett Colbeth, Gabriel Diani, Jeff Doba, Drew Doyle, Jeff Gardner, Bruce Green, Jason Henning, John Francis O'Brien, Renata Plecha, Jeremy Shouldis and Paige Wilson.

King Lear will have set design by Tom Buderwitz, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, costume design by A. Jeffrey Schoenberg and sound design by John Zalewski.

"We chose Lear because it's a fantastic ensemble piece, and because we wanted to feature our founding artistic director, Dakin Matthews," said artistic director Jeanie Hackett in a statement. "Dakin is one of the country's foremost interpreters of the Bard, and this is an opportunity to explore a Shakespearean play with the master. We double-cast all our productions, a technique that strengthens the way we collaborate and work together as an ensemble, so we're incredibly fortunate to have the equally superlative actor Harry Groener to share the title role." King Lear will be presented at the Deaf West Theatre, located at 5112 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA.

Tickets are available by calling (818) 506-1983. For further information visit Antaeus.

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