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More summer Shakespeare coverage with Portland Shakespeare Project’s Season of Lear shows. Dmae talks with artistic director Michael Mendelson and playwright C.S. Whitcomb about their collaboration of a new Lear adaptation to run in repertory with Shakespeare’s King Lear. (Re-broadcast 11am Sat 7/14 on KZME 107.1 FM) 

Dmae with C.S. Whitcomb & Michael Mendelson

This second season of Portland Shakespeare Project features the new play Lear’s Follies written by award winning Oregon playwright C.S. Whitcomb directed by Mendelson. Artists Repertory Theatre director Jon Kretzu directs a new staging of King Lear performed by a cast of six actors.

Dmae starts with a short audio quiz on King Lear at the top of the show! We also feature music by Rudolp Ortega, sound designer and composer for Lear’s Follies. Mendelson and Whitcom talk about the importance of Lear as baby boomers age during a time of economic downturn.  Whitcomb’s new adaption stays true to the plot of Shakespeare.

Lear’s Follies runs July 11 – August 5. King Lear runs July 18 – August 4. Both shows run  in rotating repertory at Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison Street, Portland, Oregon, through August 5.

Tobias Anderson & Matt Smith. Photo: David Kinder

Set in a Virginia tobacco empire family in 1929, Whitcomb’s modern adaption of Lear’s Follies explores issues of pride, greed, friendship, devotion and the choices people make in their lives that keep them shackled emotionally to their past.

The cast includes; Tobias Andersen as Colonel Leroy King, Matt Smith, Gavin Hoffman, Gary Norman, Katie Butler, Amanda Washko, and Melissa Whitney.
Shakespeare’s famed tragedy King Lear, directed by Jon Kretzu,  features six actors: Tim Blough as King Lear, Dainichia Noreault as Cordelia, Dana Millican as Regan, Allison Tigard as Goneril, Grant Byington as Gloucester, and Matt Kerrigan  as Edgar.

Performance times for both shows are Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm.

All performances are on the Morrison Stage at Artists Repertory Theatre located at 1515 SW Morrison Street, Portland.
Single ticket prices are $30 for adult tickets and $18 for student tickets.  Adult ticket prices for both shows, when purchased at the same time, are $50.
Check out  www.portlandshakes.org for exact dates and times of performances and for ticket sales. 

Portland Shakespeare Project was formed by Michael Mendelson and Karen Rathje to bring high quality and innovative interpretations of both classic works of theatre and modern works associated with classical material to Portland audiences. Last year, more than 1,700 people enjoyed PSP’s entertaining and innovative production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

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