Colleges unite for joint theatre production


Alvernia University Theatre and Albright College's Domino Players will present a joint production of the classic “King Lear,” performed at both colleges beginning April 4, 2013. 

The play will be directed by Julia Matthews, chair of the Albright Theatre Dept., who holds a doctorate in Shakespeare studies. In addition, Dr. Nathan Thomas, director of theatre at Alvernia will play King Lear.

This kind of collaboration is very rare and highly unusual," says Dr.Thomas. "Nationally, this kind of project hasn’t been done before. We are all stepping into the bracing territory of Terra Incognita."  

"This project meets a wide variety of pedagogical goals," says Thomas. "It allows students to work with professional actors and it allows students to work with a completely different set of student actors outside of their usual network — opening up new artistic conversations. All of the actors, who auditioned for roles in December, will have to adapt to new, but experienced folks." Each program is well represented in the cast.

In addition, the show will have a longer than usual run, allowing the students to develop performance skills they don’t usually get a chance to exercise. And students will have an opportunity to work side-by-side with faculty mentors.

“King Lear” — heralded as one of the best plays ever written — raises issues of power, poverty, family, madness, politics, religion, business, gender, justice, identity, and even meteorology. Like Beethoven’s 9th Symphony or DaVinci’s “Last Supper” – “King Lear” could truly be said to be part of the greatest of the great works of all art forms.  In many ways it is a simple story, but one that offers a glimpse into the great richness of human experience.

April 4-6 and 11-13 at 8 p.m., April 7 at 2 p.m.
Place: Alvernia University's Francis Hall Theatre [ticket information]

April 17-20 at 8 p.m., April 21 at 2:30 p.m.
Place: Albright College's Wachovia Theatre

Please contact Nathan Thomas at 610-796-8343.

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