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Legendary Local Actor Rick Foucheux to Bow Out in the Bard's Greatest Tragedy


Avant Bard proudly announces the last production of its 2016/2017 season, Shakespeare's masterpiece King Lear starring local acting legend Rick Foucheux as Lear.

Lear will be Foucheux's last major career-capping performance before he retires to play Grandpa to his granddaughters. "We could not be more honored and thrilled that Rick has chosen this play and our stage for his final role," said Artistic Director Tom Prewitt, who is directing the show. "Following Season 27's Helen Hayes Award-nominated TAME. and our sold-out run of The Gospel at Colonus, this King Lear promises to be our most eagerly anticipated production yet."

Rick Foucheux starring as Lear in Avant Bard's King Lear. For the past 35 years Foucheux has appeared at many of the area's finest theatres playing a wide range of roles, including the title character in Woolly Mammoth's Cooking With Elvis, which Prewitt directed in 2003. Foucheux is a Helen Hayes Awardee, a Lunt Fontanne Fellow, and an adjunct member of the theatre faculty at George Washington University.

An epic parent-child drama and then some, King Lear begins as fairy tale ("Once upon a time there was an old king who had three daughters...") and ends in nightmare--of homelessness, alienation, family strife, and civil war. Starring alongside Foucheux will be Avant Bard Acting Company members Sara Barker as Edgar, Frank Britton as Cornwall, Christopher Henley as The Fool, and Cam Magee as Gloucester. Also featured will be Ian Armstrong (Kent), Dylan Morrison Myers (Edmund), Alyssa Sanders (Goneril), Christian R. Gibbs (Albany), Charlene V. Smith (Regan), Kathryn Zoerb (Cordelia), Louis E. Davis (Oswald),and Greg Watkins (First Messenger and Ensemble).

WSC Avant Bard is supported by the Arlington Commission for the Arts and Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development; and by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo credit: DJ Photography

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