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Shakespeare Speaker Series: Louis Fantasia
The Richard Goad Theater
Long Beach, CA
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Shakespeare Speaker Series: Louis Fantasia
Shakespeare Speaker Series Guest 2
"King Lear or Survivor - Tragedy in The Age of Oprah"
Sunday, April 27  2pm

FREE! But seating is limited; so, reservations are required.

The Long Beach Shakespeare Company will present King Lear at the Richard Goad Theatre from May 30th to June 21st, 2014. This play is often considered Shakespeare's crowning achievement. In celebration of the 450th Anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, what better way to honor the Bard than to produce this epic play?

In an engaging presentation, designed for new-comers to and veteran fans of Shakespeare and King Lear, Louis Fantasia will discuss why tragedy, and King Lear in particular, needs no "updating" or "re-imagining" for contemporary audiences. What it has to say about individual choice, relationships, love, shame, and behavior resonates as deeply today as when it was written...and is, perhaps, more needed in this time, when our lives are so influenced by television and pop culture.

Guest Speaker:  Louis Fantasia

Louis Fantasia has produced and directed more than a hundred and fifty plays and operas worldwide. Director of the Shakespeare Globe Centre's Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance Institute from 1997 to 2002, he is currently Director of Shakespeare at the Huntington, the teacher training institute of the Huntington Library, Art Galleries and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California; and Dean of the Faculty and Chairman of the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the New York Film Academy's Los Angeles campus.

In 1996, he was the first American to direct on the reconstructed London Globe stage, with a workshop production of Much Ado About Nothing. His 1991 staging of Twelfth Night at the National Theatre of Varna, Bulgaria - the first modern dress Shakespeare and the first production by a Western director in that country - was hailed by critics as an "historic evening in Bulgarian theater."

Louis was heard regularly on NPR as a theatre critic and arts commentator. His book, Instant Shakespeare, is published in the U.S. by Ivan R. Dee and by A & C Black in England. His recently finished second book, Tragedy in the Age of Oprah,  about the relationship between classical tragedy and popular culture is published by Scarecrow Press. He is currently at work on Talking Shakespeare, a collection of essays on Shakespeare's plays.

In 2003, the Council of Europe in Strasbourg named the theatre collection at its library in the European Parliament in honor of Louis Fantasia, who holds both U.S. and European Union passports.


The Richard Goad Theater (View)
4250 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807
United States


Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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