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'THE LEARS' to Open 13th Annual All Out Arts Fresh Fruit Festival

The LEARS: Fools of Fortune, a contemporary American version of Shakespeare's KING LEAR, will open the 13th annual ALL OUT ARTS Fresh Fruit Festival on Monday July 13th at 7:30pm at The Wild Project 195 East 3rd St at Ave B, festival headquarters.

The LEARS: Fools of Fortune, by award-winning playwright Patrick Thomas McCarthy (Fresh Fruit Festival Best Playwright 2012 & 2013), follows the fortunes of two families, the Lears & the Storrs, & the aftermath of Lear's reading of his last will & testament at Thanksgiving dinner. The Alzheimers addled Edgar Reginald Lehman Lear has sold the family estate & will go to live with those that love him best. Will Lear's daughters, Anneril or Reagan take him in? Will disinherited gay son Cord, return as home health care nurse Cordelia Learson? And will the Storr family, Glen Storr Esq. and sons Edmond/Monty & Edgar/Ned find their way into the turbulent mix? Arm wrestling, cross dressing, sibling rivalries, blindings, & poisonings mix with loyalty, redemption and finally love in this tale of operatic family disfunction.

The LEARS: Fools of Fortune is directed by Patrick Aran (PRIDE RIVER CROSSING, LYSISTRATA, The WONDER YEARS, A CANTICLE for LEIBOWITZ, 42nd St) with costume design & coordination by Susan Cook (BROADWAY: The VISIT, OF MICE & MEN, LUCKY GUY, SEMINAR, BRING IT ON, COAST of UTOPIA) and media design by Katherine Hammond (THE DEATH of EDISON-NYC FRINGE, Warehouse of Theater, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA) and stage management by Nate Siregar (AMDA).

The LEARS: Fools of Fortune cast includes: David Palmer Brown* (Hudson Warehouse, Workshop Theater) as Edgar Reginald Lehman Lear; Jean Brassard* (NETFLIX, HBO, NBC, ABC) as Glen Storr Esq; Cynthia Granville* (Onion News Network for IFC) as Anneril Lehman Lear; Catherine Goodman* (NBC, 100 SAINTS YOU SHOULD KNOW) as Reagan Lehman Lear; Tim Shelton* (Connecticut Free Shakespeare, Disney Cruise Lines) as Monty "Edmond" Storr; Drew Bolander (North Carolina School of the Arts) as Ned "Edgar" Storr; Cameron Moser (AMDA) as Cord/Cordelia Learson. Wilson Rios (AMDA) Male understudy. *Member Actors Equity Association

The LEARS: Fools of Fortune will be featured at the ALL OUT ARTS Fresh Fruit Festival, at The Wild Project, 195 E. 3rd St (near Ave. B and Houston St.; F train to 2nd Ave.) on Monday, July 13th @ 7:30pm, Wednesday, July 15 @ 9pm, and Sunday, July 19 @ 4pm.

The LEARS: Fools of Fortune: Tickets: $18 at OvationTIX starting June 21, 2015.

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