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KING LEAR

Nothing will come of nothing, speak again. —King Lear

The once powerful King Lear chooses to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, and so begins one of Shakespeare’s most moving tragedies. At the crucial point of relinquishing his realm, Lear demands to know which of his daughters loves him the most. His ambitious older daughters answer with false praise and lavish flattery, however his youngest daughter, who does truly love him, answers with honesty. Wildly unsatisfied with her response, Lear’s rage sets in motion catastrophic consequences. Ultimately stripped of his privilege and its trappings, Lear must reckon with his own humanity.

Generously sponsored by Deborah and Bill Ryan.

King Lear will be performed outdoors at the NEW SPRUCE THEATRE.

Artists

David Bertoldi

David Bertoldi

(Albany / Oswald)

S&Co: Knightley (Emma), Don Bowman (The Waverly Gallery), Wickham (Pride & Prejudice), Berowne (Love’s Labor’s Lost), Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Romeo (Romeo & Juliet); GhostLit Rep: Tommy McCorkle (Pterodactyls), Antonio (The Tempest); WAM Theatre: Calvin (REALLY); 13th Street Rep: Prudblood (Waste, Fraud and Abuse). Other

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Allyn  Burrows

Allyn Burrows

(The Fool)

S&Co: Director: The Tempest (2017), As You Like It(2018). Shakespeare & Company performances: God of Carnage, Or, King John,Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV Part 1, among others. As Artistic Director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project, directed numerous productions and performed in

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MaConnia Chesser

MaConnia Chesser

(Goneril)

S&Co: The Merry Wives of Windsor, As You Like It, Intimate Apparel, Henry VI.six (Tygre’s Heart, A Pair of Molehills. . . Boys of York, Queen Meg), Pride & Prejudice, Lovers’ Spat (2017 & 2018), Winter Studio Festival of Plays. Regional: Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Kennedy Center, WAM Theatre, Ancram

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Jonathan Epstein

Jonathan Epstein

(Kent)

S&Co: Jonny has directed or acted in more than 60 S&Co productions since 1987 including Creditors, Henry V, Merchant of Venice, Tempest, Cymbeline, Midsummer, Merry Wives, Private Eyes, Brief Lives, Heroes, An Iliad and the title roles in King Lear, Henry IV, Richard III and Macbeth. In 1990

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Nigel Gore

Nigel Gore

(Gloucester)

S&Co favorites: Prospero, The Tempest; Belarius/Doctor Cymbeline; Claudius, Hamlet; Sir Toby Belch, Twelfth Night; Falstaff Merry Wives; Caesar, Julius Caesar, Bottom Midsummer. Off-Broadway: Pickering, Pygmalion. Bedlam: Dr. Rank, A Doll’s House, Ostermark, The Father. TFANA: Col. Brandon, Sense & Sensibility, Dorn, The Seagull. Bedlam Regional: Mrs. Jennings, Sense &

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Jennie M. Jadow

Jennie M. Jadow

(Regan)

Jennie is a Company Member of Shakespeare & Company and a proud part of their nationally recognized Education Department. An actress with extensive regional acting credits, Jennie’s work has been seen at S&Co, WAM, Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Theater Group, Jacob’s Pillow, and Mixed Company. Jennie is a graduate

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Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd

(King Lear)

Christopher Lloyd began his career in theatre. He has appeared in over two hundred plays including on and off Broadway, regional and summer stock productions. For his title role in KASPAR he took home an Obie and Drama Desk award. Christopher starred in the Tony Award winning Broadway

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Devante Owens

Devante Owens

(Burgundy)

S&Co: Theseus, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Dumaine, Love's Labor's Lost; Lucentio, The Taming of the Shrew, Ensemble, I Have had a Most Rare Vision; Ronald Drayton, Autumn (reading), Roger Peterson, Kernel of Sanity (reading), Mr. Woodhouse, Emma (reading). S&Co Regional Tour: Angelo, The Comedy of Errors, Duncan, Macbeth. Devante

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Jasmine Cheri Rush

Jasmine Cheri Rush

(Cordelia)

Jasmine hails from Windsor, CT and is beyond elated to be in her first production at Shakespeare & Company. She is a 2018 alumna of the S&Co Summer Youth Conservatory, where she played Richard in The Boys of York. Jasmine recently graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University

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Nomè SiDone

Nomè SiDone

(Edgar / France)

Nomè SiDone is a second-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama. His credits include Joseph Asagai (Yale Repertory Theatre) Richard II, The Heart of Robin, The Sea Maid, The Taming of the Shrew (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); The Unspoken 200(Saint Clements Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s

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Ryan Winkles

Ryan Winkles

(Cornwall)

S&Co: Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine), Henry V (Henry V), The Tempest (Ferdinand), As You Like It (Silvius), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Dull), Richard III (Tyrrel/1st Murderer), Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew), Othello (Roderigo), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Flute), Mother Courage (Swiss Cheese), The Learned Ladies (Trissotin), It’s a Wonderful Life

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Bryce Michael Wood

Bryce Michael Wood

(Edmund)

Bryce graduated from the University of Notre Dame with his Bachelors and was a Division–I Athlete for the Fighting Irish. Most recently he received his MFA in Acting from UCONN under the direction of Dale AJ Rose. His recent credits include, but aren’t limited to: Topdog/Underdog at Shakespeare &

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Diane Healy

Diane Healy

(Stage Manager)

S&Co: Merry Wives, The Tempest, Red Velvet, Women of Will, Satchmo at the Waldorf, All’s Well That Ends Well. I’m so excited to be back doing live theatre & want to thank all the brilliant and hardworking scientists who created a vaccine and made it all possible.

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Nicole Ricciardi

Nicole Ricciardi

(Director)

S&Co: Time Stands Still, Creditors, 4000 Miles, The Taming, The How and the Why, and Cassandra Speaks. She has directed, developed, and assisted productions at Youngblood/Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Flea, Primary Stages, the Drama Book Shop, Chelsea Repertory Lab, Circle East, Bushwick Arts, Central Square Theatre, Two River Theater

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.

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