AUGUST 2019 | Volume 182
21st Century Shakespeare
Produced by 1001 Steps Theatre Society
“IT'S ALL OR NOTHING BABY, ALL OR NOTHING”
LEAR INC. offers up a modern-day comic grotesque version of Shakespeare’s King Lear with a dash of Tarantinoesque violence, a slice of Kardashian sisters family drama, the pursuit of a “Freedom 55” future, and a Fool with a microphone.
Artistic Director Fred Ribkoff and 1001 Steps Theatre Society transform the Kingdom of Lear into a pop-culture-driven multi-national corporation that suffers the same apocalyptic fate as its Renaissance ancestor. Ribkoff himself performs the character of Lear with an attitude that reflects the 21st century era of fit, fashionable and fragile. Lear’s descent into madness is full of twists and turns but ultimately it's his own expectations of family, power, identity and authority that decide his fate. Who else but Shakespeare could give you betrayal, guilt, back-stabbing, insanity, corruption, murder and more, all within one family dynamic? LEAR INC. takes the audience on a journey into the maelstrom of a father and C.E.O.’s ego projected through the spectacle of an immense screen backdrop (or cyclorama) with poignant video projections and vivid scenic elements. This production of King Lear opens doors we often walk by without a glance as loyalty is questioned and fails, love is demanded and denied, sanity is tested and defeated, and survival is within reach but rejected.
1001 Steps is no stranger to turning Shakespeare on his head. Its 2018 Fringe production The Training of The Shrew demonstrated how the combat sport of boxing can transform and make sense of the controversial power struggles and humorous antics that captivated a 16th Century Globe Theatre audience.
In LEAR INC., 1001 Steps insists that we re-consider the individualistic and materialistic values and communal longings that drive the world—then and now.
Directors: Fred Ribkoff, Chantelle Franz, Jennifer Danyluk
Location: The Cultch (Van East Cultural Centre) Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables
Show Dates & Times: Sept. 17 & 18 @ 7pm
tickets.thecultch.com - Adult: $20.00/Senior: $15.00/Student-Youth: $10.00
Note: This performance involves a replica gun, gunshot sounds, and flashing lights.
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