March 19 – April 20, 2019 

An aging king creates a succession plan that divides Britain between his three daughters. Requiring each child to flatter him in order to receive her gift, Lear is publicly embarrassed when his youngest, most beloved child refuses. Indignant, Lear disinherits her and splits the country between his two eldest daughters, setting off a chain of events that leads Britain into civil war and the retired king into exile and madness. The greatest tragedy in the English language, King Lear examines the often self-destructive relationships between parents and their children, the danger of absolute power to the human psyche, and the universal challenge of senility and providing care for our elders. Robert Jason Jackson (Broadway’s Aida, Quintessence’s Antigone and Mourning Becomes Electra) returns to Philadelphia as King Lear.

For information about student matinees please email Jordan@QuintessenceTheatre.org.

RUN TIME: 2 hours and 45 minutes, with 1 intermission

AUDIENCE NOTE: Audience members are expected to stand and move for brief portions of the performance. Priority seating will be available for those who need it.

The Ensemble

(in alphabetical order)

Eunice Akinola as Cordelia

Lee Cortopassi as Cornwall

D.J. Gleason as The Fool

Donnie Hammond* as Goneril

J Hernandez* as Edmund

Anita Holland as Regan

Gregory Isaac as Kent

E. Ashley Izard* as Gloucester

Robert Jason Jackson* as King Lear

Michael Liebhauser as Albany

Jake Loewenthal* as Edgar

Ben Salus as Oswald

Jahzeer Terrell as France

*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)

The Creative Team

Alexander Burns …………………….……………………….…………..…….. Director

Ian Rose ………………………………….…………………………………. Fight Director

Jane Casanave ……………………….…………………………. Costume Designer

Ellen Moore …………………………….……………..…………… Lighting Designer

Maggie Davis* ………………………..…………… Production Stage Manager

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