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News PHOTO CALL: King Lear, With Sam Waterston, Kelli O'Hara, Bill Irwin, at the Public The Public Theater production of King Lear, starring Academy Award nominee Sam Waterston as Shakespeare's titular monarch, struggling to maintain his sanity after dividing his kingdom, began performances Off-Broadway Oct. 18.

James Macdonald (The Book of Grace, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You) directs the classic tragedy that unites a host of veteran stage actors. King Lear will officially open Nov. 8 for a run through Nov. 20 in the Newman Theater.

Lear's daughters are portrayed by Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara (South Pacific, Light in the Piazza) as Regan, Tony nominee Enid Graham (Honour, The Constant Wife) as Goneril and Kristen Connolly (Measure for Measure, All's Well That Ends Well) as Cordelia.

Here is a look at the production:

King Lear, With Sam Waterston, Kelli O'Hara, Bill Irwin, at the Public

  Also featured are Tony Award winner Bill Irwin (The Goat, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) as the Fool, Tony Award winner Frank Wood (Side Man, Born Yesterday, August: Osage County) as Cornwall, Michael McKean (Superior Donuts, The Homecoming) as Gloucester, John Douglas Thompson (Julius Caesar, Cyrano de Bergerac) as Kent, Richard Topol (The Normal Heart) as Albany, Seth Gilliam ("Oz," "The Maids") as Edmund, Tony nominee Arian Moayed (Bengal Tiger…) as Edgar, Michael Crane (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) as Oswald, Herb Foster (The Merchant of Venice, Amy's View) as Old Man/Curan, Che Ayende (Timon of Athens) as Duke of Burgundy/Knight/Servant, Craig Bockhorn (The Seagull, On Golden Pond) as the Doctor and Michael Izquierdo (Mother Courage, The Miracle Worker) as the King of France.

King Lear has scenic design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Gabriel Berry, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind and sound design by Darron L West.

According to the Public, King Lear "is one of the towering works of world literature. In no other play is Shakespeare’s tragic vision more terrifyingly clear – and nowhere in his canon does he create a richer or more complex set of characters. When King Lear divides his kingdom among his three daughters, he sets in motion a cascade of violence that sweeps the civilized world to the brink of chaos, and Lear to the edge of madness."

For tickets and more information, phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.

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