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King Lear

Opening Date: Jul 12, 2024

Closing Date: Jul 14, 2024

King Lear
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Playing @

La MaMa - Ellen Stewart Theatre

66 East 4th Street New York City, NY 10003-8903

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Compagnia de’ Colombari’s King Lear is a primal, physical and potent  “paper crown” Lear that strips the Shakespearian classic to its essence. Adapter and director Karin Coonrod utilizes her signature “multiplicity” to shift and deepen audiences’ connection with the characters. Ten diverse actors ranging in age and gender embody King Lear at the beginning and conduct a radical take-over of the text and space. Their unity fragments as they tear off their paper crowns and transform into other roles, competing for influence and diminishing the legion of Lears by their existence. Through a vigorous exploration of the characters’ egos, motivations and power dynamics, the actors dig deep into the internal and external voyage of a stubborn, fractured soul who must lose everything to find himself. Transformation takes place in the apocalypse. Coonrod’s immersive production commands us to, as Kent says to King Lear, “See better.”

Throughout 2024, Compagnia de’ Colombari is celebrating 20 years of generating spectacle, disrupting and reconstructing texts and spaces under the direction of Karin Coonrod with a robust Anniversary Season. Of Coonrod’s direction, The New York Times proclaimed, “this experimental director has a knack for transforming high concepts into accessible theater” and calls her “a theater artist of far-reaching inventiveness” who uses a “style that deconstructs to construct.”

Performance Schedule:

FRIDAY @ 7 PM
SATURDAY @ 2 PM & 7 PM
SUNDAY @ 5 PM

Music

Frank London

Director

Karin Coonrod

Written by

William Shakespeare, adapted by Karin Coonrod

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Full-price tickets

$49.87

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Accessibility:

Directions Bus

M8 Local service between West Village & East Village8th / 9th Streets Crosstown Stop at - 2nd Avenue by way of 9th Street (westbound) and 8th street (eastbound). M15 Local and limited - stop service between East Harlem and Lower Manahattan First / Second Avenues Stop at - 4th Street by way of 2nd Avenue (southbound) and 1st Avenue (northbound)

Directions Subway

N, R Broadway Line Take N or R train to the 8th Street / NYU stop. 6 Lexington Line Take the 6 train to the Astor Place stop F 6th Avenue Line Take the F train to the 2nd Avenue stop.

Elevator\Escalator

Elevator access to the box office on the mezzanine and the theater on the 2nd floor.

Restroom

Accessible bathrooms are available on the 2nd floor and 3rd floor.

Seating

Capacity: 299

Telephone

None on premises

Wheelchair Info

A wheelchair accessible entry door on E 4th Street Talk to a house manager at the performance for accessible seating.

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Public Transportation

Subway Icon

By Subway:

N, R Broadway Line Take N or R train to the 8th Street / NYU stop. 6 Lexington Line Take the 6 train to the Astor Place stop F 6th Avenue Line Take the F train to the 2nd Avenue stop.

Bus Icon

By Bus:

M8 Local service between West Village & East Village8th / 9th Streets Crosstown Stop at - 2nd Avenue by way of 9th Street (westbound) and 8th street (eastbound). M15 Local and limited - stop service between East Harlem and Lower Manahattan First / Second Avenues Stop at - 4th Street by way of 2nd Avenue (southbound) and 1st Avenue (northbound)