Starting Gate Productions presents:
The arrogance and blindness of unchecked power, the disintegration of the family, and the elusive wisdom of the simple, unspun truth weave the fabric of this timeless epic. Few classics better capture the chaos of the 21st century.
May 18 - June 10, 2007
Fridays - Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sunday Matinees at 2:00pm
PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE NO LONGER THURSDAY EVENING PERFORMANCES
Pay What You Can - Monday, May 28, 2007 (7:30)
Audio Described Performance - Sunday, June 3, 2007
All Performances are at the Mounds Theatre in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood just east of downtown Saint Paul.
Tickets are $18 general, $16 students and seniors.
Call for tickets 651-645-3503
Directed by: Matt Sciple
Stage Manager: Bethany Froelich Johnson
Featuring the Talents of:
Dawn Brodey, Aaron Cook, Dylan Fresco, Garry Geiken, Dwight Gunderson, Emily Gunyou, Charles Hubbell, John Middleton, Alan Sorenson, Clarence Wethern, Corissa White, and featuring Kurt Schweickhardt* as King Lear
*member of Actors Equity
Set design by Tamatha Miller, Lighting design by Chris Heilman, Live Sound by David Lind, Costumes by Luis Rosa and Fight Choreography by Don Preston
"Kurt Schweickhardt shoulders the title role with a straight-on, unadorned honesty. If he doesn't plumb the deepest depths of the character, his more brittle Lear takes things as they come, and his reactions are less those of an untouchable monarch and more those of a flawed individual uncertain of how to cope when things don't go according to plan.
Alan Sorenson's faithful Gloucester is crisply rendered, and John Middleton gives a gentle, almost heartbreaking vulnerability to the role of Lear's fool. Charles Hubbell's portrayal of Kent - who stands by Lear until the very end - draws particular attention for its range, detail and depth. He's the most watchable character on the stage. "
- Dominic Papatola, PIONEER PRESS
"Smaller group puts on valiant and clear 'Lear'... frequently revelatory in its clarity of language and storytelling... The Lear of Kurt Schweickhardt is an epic creation… a nuanced, deeply moving performance.
Dawn Brodey and Corissa White are likewise excellent as Goneril and Regan. They make the sisters' treatment of the arrogant, demanding Lear initially understandable and almost sympathetic. But the direction makes clear that their greed and selfishness poison them into becoming capable of more horrific acts. Emily Gunyou's Cordelia seems much less arbitrary in the opening scene than the character often does. She seems like a chip off her father's willful block.
Alan Sorenson is a monumental Gloucester, especially in conveying his suicidal despair after having been blinded... Charles Hubbell is heart-wrenching as the compassionate Kent, who, even though banished by Lear, returns in disguise to care for his king. John Middleton makes the Fool both touching and funny
Tamatha Miller's set conveys the primeval quality of mythic Britain with elegant simplicity. It is in keeping with this engaging production that is always entertaining and frequently compelling."
- William Randall Beard, Special to STAR TRIBUNE
"In a neat piece of work, Gunyou brings a precise, unaccented delivery to Cordelia's unquestionable logic. Since she has demonstrated her devotion to Dad through a lifetime of deeds, why the sudden need for so much ass-kissing? (Shakespeare is a good deal more eloquent on this point.) Matt Sciple's direction aims for the head and eschews histrionics. The wronged Kent (Charles Hubbell) endures his exile with stoicism. And, in an original take, the Fool (John Middleton) winces in pain at his own truth-telling rather than reveling in it with malice. Middleton's fool simply can't help himself, though he leavens his put-downs of the old madman with glances of adoration and affection.
Schweickhardt traces Lear's growing madness with appropriate doses of thunder during the existential wildness of the storm. But he lends a casual silliness to later scenes, coming across at times like a burnt-out old surfer dude amusing himself in his dotage."
- Quinton Skinner, CITY PAGES
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