Exploring issues facing families noble and common since the invention of property, Hilberry Theatre Company presents King Lear by William Shakespeare. Directed by Allegra Libonatti and starring Mark Rademacher in the title role, performances are April 27 through May 13 at the Hilberry Theatre, located in Midtown Detroit on the campus of Wayne State University.
Lear is truly one of Shakespeare’s most intriguing kings. Both a family drama and an epic story of political conquest, King Lear explores issues that affect us all. Ready to split his kingdom among his three daughters, he arranges a contest of adoration, asking each to express their love and devotion to him. When his youngest, Cordelia, says she cannot express her love in words, Lear is outraged and banishes her from the kingdom. His remaining daughters brazenly lie about their love for their father just to get their shares, only to then drive the mad king out of his home. As Lear himself dissolves into madness, so too does his kingdom.