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Freehold's Engaged Theatre's Presents KING LEAR
Seattle University Lee Center for the Arts
Seattle, WA
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Freehold's Engaged Theatre's Presents KING LEAR
Freehold Announces its Engaged Theatre Summer Tour of  

by William Shakespeare

PLEASE NOTE: reserved seats are not guaranteed unless picked up 15 minutes before curtain.
We are SOLD OUT for all performances of KING LEAR, July 12, 13, 14 and 15.  However, we will be taking a waiting list at the door of the Seattle University's Lee Center for the Arts, 901 12th Avenue, a half hour before each performance begins.

"The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you."
--David Foster Wallace

Public performances of King Lear:

July 12, 13, 14 at 8:00 pm, Seattle University Lee Center for the Arts, 901 12th Avenue, Seattle
July 15, 4:00 pm, Seattle University Lee Center for the Arts, 901 12th Avenue, Seattle

Tickets are Free but Reservations are Requested through Brown Paper Tickets (here).  Donations are warmly welcomed and can be made through this page or at the door the night of the show.
For more information:  (206) 323-7499 http://www.freeholdtheatre.org

Freehold will tour Shakespeare's King Lear, directed by Robin Lynn Smith, to unique locations across the greater Puget Sound area, July 1  July 14, 2012. Realizing the power of theatre to bring about an extraordinary communion between audience and performer is at the core of Freehold's mission and at the heart of our annual Engaged Theatre tour. Since 2003, Freehold's Engaged Theatre has toured Shakespeare productions to communities in nontraditional sites. This year the tour will perform for the general public as well as for a number of underserved populations including Joint Base/Lewis McChord, Washington Corrections Center for Women, Monroe Correctional Center for Men, Harborview Medical Center and Echo Glen Children's Center, a juvenile detention center. The tour includes performances in Seattle for the general public.  

When asked why she chose King Lear for this year's tour, director Robin Lynn Smith responded "I am inspired by the  human struggle to know ourselves, and the attempt to look fiercely at the truth of our existence framed by limits of isolation, separateness, bewilderment, blindness; and the limits of our time here:  aging and death.  And it's a great story."

King Lear is a story of brothers, sisters, fathers, daughters and sons who have the trappings of their lives ripped away.  They are maddened, cast out, disowned, and blinded. They struggle to stay true to their bonds with family and friends, to learn humility and compassion, to forgive and empathize with those unlike themselves, and to love in the face of certain loss. They must employ tenacity, faith and resilience as they search for reconciliation and reunion. This great story of these two families poses these questions: How do we come to know who we truly are? How do we burn through pride and the appearance of things to that which is authentic in our relationships? How do we learn compassion? How do we let go of our attempts to control, deny, delude ourselves, and learn to endure--- together?

Freehold and the artists of Engaged Theatre return eagerly year after year to this work for the creative inspiration it confers on all of us as well as for the opportunity to experience and share in the power and "communion" that occurs between our performers and enthusiastic audience members.  To quote, Robin Lynn Smith, Director of King Lear:

We are privileged to perform for our extraordinary audiences and have been amazed by what we continue to learn about art, humanity, identity, existence, diversity, compassion, and community when we create theatre that breaks the mold.

The cast for this year's performance of King Lear includes:

Eric Ray Anderson, Christine Brown, Erwin Galan, Jose J. Gonzales, Sarah Celeste Harlett, Joshua Holguin, Reginald Jackson, Robert Keene, Shanelle Leonard, Kevin Thomas McKeon, Andre Hugh Nelson, Anthony Scott Pasqualini, Luisa de Paula, Jesse Sherfey-Hinds, Annette Marie Toutonghi, Kayla Walker.

The production will include live musical accompaniment with a score composed by Gino Yevdjevich of Kultur Shock, set design by Montana Tippett, and choreography by Jessica Jobaris. Cast across gender and race lines, reflecting the diversity of our audiences, this ensemble will bring this story simply and vividly to life.  

Freehold's Engaged Theatre tour 2012
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Director: Robin Lynn Smith
Movement Director:  Jessica Jobaris
Composer: Gino Yevdjevich
Musicians: Beth Fleenor, Michael Owcharuk
Set Design: Montana Tippett
Lighting Design: Joshua Tillman  
Costume Design:  Hannah Stern
Puppet Design and Master: Annett Mateo
Stage Manager:  Jeremiah Givers
Assistant Director:  Amelia Rose Garcia-Cosgrove  
Assistant Set Director:  Kaillee Kieran Coleman

Robin Lynn Smith, Artistic Director of Freehold has directed in Seattle at Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT, On the Boards, The Empty Space, New City Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, and Intiman. She has an MFA from NYU TSOA, and she is currently on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts. Robin is the 2008 recipient of The Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award, and was recently honored by SDC, as a finalist for the 2010 Fichandler award.

Freehold's Engaged Theatre program is funded in part by: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission, Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, City of Issaquah Arts Commission, West Star Foundation and Seattle Police Foundation.


Seattle University Lee Center for the Arts (View)
901 12th Avenue.
Seattle, WA 98122
United States



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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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