New York City
In Poor, Poor Lear, an original dark comedy, 36-year-old actress Nina Sallinen portrays a 90-year-old Grande Dame (also named Nina Sallinen) of the Scandinavian Theater. The old actress has brazenly chosen Shakespeare’s King Lear as the material for her final artistic farewell performance. She has a special interest in the theme as she believes her own two daughters to be just as greedy and neglectful as Lear’s. The performance, which she stages in her own apartment, unintentionally highlights the artist’s own life story, as she gradually becomes cognizant of the deeper parallels between her life and that of Lear. Instead of shaking up her own daughters with her performance, the old diva shakes up herself, bringing her priorities and past choices into question.
Poor, Poor Lear is presented as part of The Chopin Theatre’s I-Fest. The I-Fest is an annual festival of international solo performances celebrating Individuality. It emphasizes the mysterious uniqueness of the individual, independent of group associations usually targeted by politics, media and spiritual enterprises.
Thurs. Nov. 2nd @ 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 5th @ 3:00 p.m.
Mon. Nov. 6th @ 7:00 p.m.
Tues. Nov. 7th @ 7:00 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 8th @ 7:00 p.m.
Thurs. Nov. 9th @ 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 10th @ 9:00 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 12th @ 5:00 p.m.
Performances begin: April 23, 2024
Final performance: June 30, 2023
Final performance: July 28, 2023
Final performance: October 28, 2023
Final performance: March 3, 2024