Single Carrot Theatre to Launch Season 11 with Young Jean Lee's LEAR
Single Carrot Theatre's 11th season begins with an outrageously original take on a familiar story: Lear by Young Jean Lee.
This adaptation of Shakespeare's text shuffles the titular king into the wings, allowing a younger generation to step into the spotlight. With modern language, classical characters, music, dance, and fantastic violence, Lee crafts a masterful portrait of parents, children, and the exchange of power.
Young Jean Lee is an acclaimed writer and director whose work has been performed worldwide - including at Single Carrot Theatre, where Lee's Church was produced as part of the company's 5th season. Lee will make her Broadway debut in 2018 with Straight White Men; she will be the first Asian-American woman in history to see her work produced on Broadway.
Lear will be directed by Andrew Peters, and feature Ensemble Member Paul Diem alongside four other local actors. Final casting decisions will be announced in the coming week.
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Directed by Andrew Peters
Shakespearean drama meets millennial self-indulgence in this outlandish and driving take on King Lear. Boring, stuffy parents have been left for dead - consigning audiences to the not-so-tender mercies of a younger generation, a mix of heroes and villains indulging their own selfish whims. Despite sharp wits and sharper teeth, these Kardashian-esque kids are comically shallow, callous, and vain: more concerned with dancing and drama than their own doomed parents. But superficial pleasures can only reign for so long before their conscience catches up with them, unearthing ugly secrets, doubts, and fears. Regional premiere.
Previews: Wednesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 5 at 8pm
Running: October 6 - 29
Thursday- Saturday at 8pm
Sundays at 3pm
At Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Entrance on 26th Street.
Free parking available in adjacent lot and on the street.
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