By William Shakespeare
Directed by Peter James Haworth
Music Direction by Rachel Eugster
March 21-30, 2019 (preview March 20)
Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Special discount matinee Wednesday, Mar. 27 at 11 a.m.
Peter James Haworth stars as Lear, in this story of an aging king who divides his kingdom amongst his three daughters. The two elder daughters who offer flowery lip-service are each given half, while the third daughter—who refuses to play his game—is banished. Having unknowingly rendered himself powerless by giving away his kingdom, Lear learns too late that he has mistaken his personality as the source of his power. Lear is thrust into the world of the homeless, and unable to accept the truth, he goes mad.
Shakespeare’s monumental tragedy for the ages continues to speak to the difference between haves and have-nots, with parallels in our own times to homelessness, mental illness, and the tyranny of the super-wealthy. Presented by Bear & Co., who bring full-blooded Shakespeare to your park in the summer, with music direction by Rachel Eugster.
The cast: Nicholas David Amott, Ray Besharah, Pierre Brault, Leah Cogan, Eleanor Crowder, David Dawson, Gabriella Gadsby, Laura Hall, Peter James Haworth, Neil Kelly, Phillip Merriman, Chris McLeod, Lydia Riding, Gabriel Schultz, Kurt Shantz.
This is a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy.
All ages welcome, with parental discretion.
Run Time: 3 hours, includes intermission
Adult: $36 + $3 facility fee = $39
Senior (65+): $32 + $3 facility fee = $35
Student/Artist*/Unwaged: $20 + $3 facility fee = $23
*including Theatre Ontario members
Produced by Bear & Co. in collaboration with the New Theatre of Ottawa
Marie-Josée Houle, Executive Director, Action Logement
Lisa Ker, Executive Director, Ottawa Salus
Ray Sullivan, Executive Director, CCOC Housing
Peter Tilley, Executive Director, The Ottawa Mission
Panel Moderator: Kristen Holinsky, Executive Director, Alliance to End Homelessness
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.
With thanks also to the Community Foundation of Ottawa and generous private donors.
Previous Gladstone offerings by this company:
2018 This Flight Tonight:
Songs of Joni Mitchell
2018 Grounded 2017 No Way to Say Goodbye: Songs of Leonard Cohen
2017 Finishing the Suit 2016 Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well & Living in Paris
2016 Macbeth 2016 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
2014 The Glass Menagerie 2014 Age of Arousal
2013 The Taming of the Shrew