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King Lear

April 27 through May 13, 2018

by William Shakespeare

Hilberry Theatre

Lear is truly one of Shakespeare’s most intriguing kings. Both a family drama and an epic story of political conquest, King Lear explores issues that affect us all. Ready to split his kingdom among his three daughters, he arranges a contest of adoration, asking each to express their love and devotion to him. When his youngest, Cordelia, says she cannot express her love in words, Lear is outraged and banishes her from the kingdom. His remaining daughters brazenly lie about their love for their father just to get their shares, only to then drive the mad king out of his home. As Lear himself dissolves into madness, so too does his kingdom.

Encore Michigan review

“an innovative, surprisingly buoyant production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy… this fresh production, the vision of guest director Allegra Libonati, manages to open up the text to make room for elaborate sound design and, unlikely as it seems, laughter.” Read the full review.

WARNING: Guests in the front row may get splashed during one of the gorier moments.

Performance Schedule

Friday, April 27 – Opening Night 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 28 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 2 2 p.m. (post-show discussion with the cast)
Thursday, May 3 7 p.m. (pre-show discussion beginning at 6:15 p.m.
Friday, May 4 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 5 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 10 7 p.m.
Friday, May 11 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 13 3 p.m.

Creative Team

Directed by Allegra Libonati
Scenic Design Kathryn Link
Costume Design Alyssa Gawel
Lighting Design Dan Morensy
Sound Design Natalie Colony
Properties Master Angela Zhang
Stage Manager Jocelyn Levadoux
Marketing Lead Luke Lecher


France Tobias Wilson
Burgundy Cody Robison
Oswald James Kern
Albany Quint Mediate
Goneril Sarah Summerwell
Cornwall Brandon A. Wright
Regan Lani Williams
Cordelia Antonia Laché
King Lear Mark Rademacher *
Fool Ernest Bentley *
Kent Wesley Cady
Gloucester Jacob Chapman
Edgar Matthew Smith
Edmund Nick Stockwell
Old Man John Bergeron
Ensemble Breayre Tender, Jasmine Walker,
Ibrahim Karim, Hope Laurain, Rachael A. Smith

Understudy for Oswald and Albany: Ibrahim Karim; for Goneril: Breayre Tender; for Regan: Rachael A. Smith; for Cordelia: Hope Laurain; for King Lear: John Bergeron; for Fool: James Kern; for Kent: Jasmine Walker; for Gloucester: Brandon A. Wright; for Edgar: Tobias Wilson; for Edmund: Cody Robison

*Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.