Welcome to The Stanford Shakespeare Company!
Thank you for coming to Lear! We will see you again in May with Much Ado About Nothing.
Spring (May 2015): Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Andrew Whipple
May 21-24 Much Ado About Nothing tells the story of socialites in a post-war country running wild, behaving badly, and struggling to solve the many problems they create for themselves in their newfound leisure. Along the way fighting couples fall in love, loving couples fight, schemes are hatched, weddings are ruined, and a crew of cops with a very unique grasp of the English language rush in to try and save the day. Set in New York City in the 1920s, a time and place whose opulence is matched by its seedy underbelly, this play will be a wild party you won’t want to miss.
Winter (February 2015): Lear, directed by Kevin Heller
February 18-21 the Stanford Shakespeare Company presented Lear, a narrowed interpretation of Shakespeare’s penultimate tragedy, King Lear. Lear has led a successful life, fiercely competing as a lawyer while raising her three sensitive and thoughtful daughters–Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia–with help from a loyal friend, Kent. Recently, the family has begun to notice slight cognitive and behavioral changes in Lear. As Lear and her family navigate the trials of early onset Alzheimer’s disease, Lear’s friend and colleague, Gloucester, struggles with fraying relationships with his son Edgar, and bastard daughter, Edmund. The play sees the two families and their hired help through a tragic night that tests the integrity of their constructed moralities with an unprecedented interplay of circumstance, emotion, and exhaustion. Central to the interpretation are themes and aesthetics informed by the art of Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte, the existentialist philosophy of Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, and personal experiences of company members.
Meanwhile, take a look at what we have to offer throughout the year…