Patrick Page Is King Lear for Shakespeare Theatre Company Beginning February 24 | Playbill

Regional News Patrick Page Is King Lear for Shakespeare Theatre Company Beginning February 24

Simon Godwin directs the Shakespeare classic at the D.C. venue.

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Shakespeare Theatre Company's production of King Lear begins performances in the Klein Theatre February 24. Originally scheduled through March 26, performances were recently extended through April 8.

STC Artistic Director Simon Godwin helms the Shakespeare tragedy starring Tony nominee Patrick Page (Hadestown) as the titular king.

READ: 'Moving Forward Is Going to Be Scary': Patrick Page Says Goodbye to Hadestown and Hello to King Lear

Joining Page at the Washington, D.C., venue are Shirine Babb (The Merchant of Venice) as Kent, Terrance Fleming (Much Ado About Nothing) as Burgundy, Jake Loewenthal (Our Town) as Albany, Raven Lorraine (Much Ado About Nothing) as Ursula, Michael Milligan (Don Juan, The Alchemist) as Fool, Todd Scofield (Our Town) as Oswald, Craig Wallace (Our Town) as Gloucester, Yao Dogbe (Round House Theatre's Nollywood Dreams) as Cornwall, Rosa Gilmore (The Public Theater's The Taming of the Shrew) as Goneril, Matthew J. Harris (Huntington Theatre Company's Topdog/Underdog) as Edgar, Stephanie Jean Lane (Punchdrunk's Sleep No More) as Reagan, Julian Elijah Martinez (Theater J's The Hampton Years) as Edmund, Hunter Ringsmith (Folger Theater's A Midsummer Night's Dream) as France, and Lily Santiago (The Public Theater's Measure for Measure) as Cordelia.

Ensemble members include Ryan Neely and Bekah Zornosa with understudies Robyn Cohen, Gil Mitchell, Jackson Knight Pierce, Rachel Sanderson, and James Whalen.

“I have lived with King Lear in my head for the past 40 years,” said Page in an earlier statement. “To do the play in the nation’s capital under the direction of Simon Godwin is a true blessing. The play seems as if it were written yesterday.”

"King Lear is a colossal play," added Godwin. "There is much within it that speaks to the now so fully. Patrick and I have been working through the text together in preparation for rehearsals starting in January, and I couldn't imagine a better group of people to bring this production to life."

The creative team also includes choreographer Jonathan Goddard, scenic designer Daniel Soule, costume designer Emily Rebholz, lighting designer Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, sound designer Christopher Shutt, projection designer Aaron Rhyne, composer Michael Bruce, fight choreographer Robb Hunter, voice and text coach Lisa Beley, dramaturg Drew Lichtenberg, casting director Danica Rodriguez, assistant director Kate Pitt, production stage manager Joseph Smelser, and assistant stage manager Samantha Wilhelm.


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