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Compagnia de’ Colombari’s KING LEAR, adapted and directed by Karin Coonrod, is a raw, primal, and potent “paper crown” Lear that strips down the Shakespearian classic to its essence through a vigorous exploration of the text and characters’ psyches and motivations. An ensemble of ten actors ranging in age and gender all embody King Lear at the beginning. One by one, they strip off their paper crowns, transform into other characters, and conduct a take-over of the text and the theatre space. Spreading across the play's treacherous psychic cartography, the performers dig deep into the internal and external voyage of a mighty king who loses and then finds himself again after arduous challenges. This fresh, vital, and urgent exploration of encountering oneself is a journey of a fractured soul and a broken community discovering wholeness through almost unbearable suffering.


Colombari will host a KING LEAR "share-out" presentation and 20th Anniversary celebration in Brooklyn on May 23, 2024, from 6:30 to 8:30p.m. at Saint Paul's Roman Catholic Church (234 Congress Street). The event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP HERE.

The world premiere of Colombari's KING LEAR debuts June 14-16, 2024 at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, CT. Tickets are available HERE.


Development and Production History:

Compagnia de’ Colombari’s KING LEAR has been in development since 2020. Previous development includes a read-through in August 2020, followed by 2-day development workshops in September and November 2020, explorative workshops in July 2021 and April 2023, and two immersive salon-style presentations in 2023 at Torn Page in New York City on September 12th and December 1st in New Haven, Connecticut. The world premiere of Compagnia de’ Colombari’s KING LEAR is June 2024!

Compagnia de’ Colombari’s KING LEAR, adapted and directed by Karin Coonrod, is a raw, primal, and potent “paper crown” Lear that strips down the Shakespearian classic to its essence through a vigorous exploration of the text and characters’ psyches and motivations. An ensemble of ten actors ranging in age and gender all embody King Lear at the beginning. One by one, they strip off their paper crowns, transform into other characters, and conduct a take-over of the text and the theatre space. Spreading across the play's treacherous psychic cartography, the performers dig deep into the internal and external voyage of a mighty king who loses and then finds himself again after arduous challenges. This fresh, vital, and urgent exploration of encountering oneself is a journey of a fractured soul and a broken community discovering wholeness through almost unbearable suffering.


Colombari will host a KING LEAR "share-out" presentation and 20th Anniversary celebration in Brooklyn on May 23, 2024, from 6:30 to 8:30p.m. at Saint Paul's Roman Catholic Church (234 Congress Street). The event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP HERE.

The world premiere of Colombari's KING LEAR debuts June 14-16, 2024 at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, CT. Tickets are available HERE.


Development and Production History:

Compagnia de’ Colombari’s KING LEAR has been in development since 2020. Previous development includes a read-through in August 2020, followed by 2-day development workshops in September and November 2020, explorative workshops in July 2021 and April 2023, and two immersive salon-style presentations in 2023 at Torn Page in New York City on September 12th and December 1st in New Haven, Connecticut. The world premiere of Compagnia de’ Colombari’s KING LEAR is June 2024!

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