A Noise Within will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a season of 7 plays united by the theme, Beyond Our Wildest Dreams in 2016-2017. Among them is Shakespeare’s King Lear, which not only follows the gut-wrenching devastation of one man’s trajectory of power and hubris but is an affecting chronicle of a family as it disintegrates around the mental illness of its patriarch.
Written in 1606, with a second version appearing in 1623, Lear is one of Shakespeare’s most well-known and frequently performed tragedies. Based upon the tale of Leir of Britain, it tells of a fictional Celtic king whose story provides probing observations on the nature of human suffering and kinship. Lear’s misguided attempt to relinquish his throne in old age to his three daughters ends in tragic chaos, causing his madness and eventual death, as well as the death of his daughters.
To add a deeply personal dimension to Shakespeare’s themes of madness, frailty, and love, A Noise Within’s production will be set in a memory-care facility where, in the midst of tragedy, the healing and transcendent nature of great art prevails. The company last performed King Lear in 1994.
Season at a glance:
September 4 – November 20, 2016
Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
September 18 – November 12, 2016
The Maids by Jean Genet
October 9 – November 19, 2016
The Imaginary Invalid by Molière
Adapted by Constance Congdon, Based on a new translation by Dan Smith
December 2 – 23, 2016
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Adapted for the stage by Geoff Elliott
February 12 – May 6, 2017
King Lear by William Shakespeare
March 5 – May 20, 2017
Ah, Wilderness! By Eugene O’Neill
March 26 – May 21, 2017
Man of La Mancha by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh, Lyrics by Joe Darion
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