While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to close theatres and public gatherings across the world, we remain hopeful that we will be able to share Free Shakespeare with you in 2020, either in the park or at home in your living room. King Lear, the story of a nation disrupted, written while Shakespeare was quarantined during the plague of 1606, feels essential in this moment. We were developing the script when the shelter-in-place order was given, and so the current crisis has shaped our exploration from the beginning.
Director Elizabeth Carter has cast a woman in the leading role, in order to examine the particular pressures women face in leadership positions. Still known as the King, Lear plans to use her retirement party to divide her kingdom equally among her three daughters, demanding speeches of praise to prove which loves her most. But when her youngest refuses to play the game and is exiled, the nation is thrown into turmoil. Only through the intervention of the natural world does Lear find her way back to empathy with humankind. Full of thrilling language and unforgettable characters, as well as the famous storm scene, King Lear is Shakespeare at his very best.
Pleasanton's Amador Valley Community Park (Santa Rita Road and Black Avenue)
Cupertino’s Memorial Park Amphitheater (Stevens Creek Blvd and Mary Avenue)
Redwood City, grounds of Sequoia High School (1201 Brewster Avenue at Broadway)
San Francisco’s Presidio (Main Post Civil War Lawn)
San Francisco's McLaren Park (Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, 40 John F. Shelley Drive)
Admission is FREE! For more information send us a message!