2hr. 30min. (1 intermission)
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Paul Sorvino stars in his adaptation with a cast of 19 Broadway, Off-Broadway, Film and TV performers in this contemporary staging of Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, set in 1905 with Lear as the CEO of a major corporation, revamps a tale of a king who decides to divide his kingdom between three daughters. He seeks to give the greatest share to the daughter that loves him the most. Lear, however, is blinded by pride and to the true intentions of those around him. His kingdom begins to drown in a sea of deceit and trepidation. The consequences of his kingdom's downward spiral reveal the worst and best parts of human nature itself. Sorvino's adaptation, in which he plays the title role, begins filming on a full-length feature this year. The reading will highlight Sorvino's technique in interpreting classical text. Ticket holders are welcomed by a step-and-repeat beginning at 7pm before enjoying the exclusive staged reading presentation followed by a talkback and catered cocktail party.