Of the many Shakespeare plays that are performed on college campuses, "King Lear" is not often one of them. Shakespeare's title role requires a mature actor to fully express the descent into madness that Shakespeare's tale of regret requires. But when a college theater department can work with a professional company, a play like "Lear" can find a place on the university stage.
The UWM Theatre Department will present "King Lear" this week using just such a partnership. The production began life at the Lenox, Massachusetts-based Shakespeare & Companythis past summer, directed by Associate Professor Rebecca Holderness and starring the company's Director of Training, Dennis Krausnick as Lear. Holderness set the play in 1906 Russia, as the last Russian monarchy crumbled, the country verged on revolution and chaos moved to war.
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