a Mischievous Retelling of Shakespeare’s Great Play

PAPAYA at the Bride: International Family Series presents…

Susanna Hamnett in Nearly Lear
a Mischievous Retelling of Shakespeare’s Great Play
Saturday, March 29 @ 12 & 4pm and Sunday, March 30 @ 12 & 4
$25 in advance/ $30 day of | $18.75/$22.50 for members | $15 children 12 and under

Family Four Pack available for just $60 (two adult and two youth tickets). Additional youth tickets at just $5 each. Call 215-925-9914 for more info.

* School Matinees: Thursday, March 27 and Friday, March 28 at 10am. If you’re an educator contact David Pershica at 215-925-9914 x 306 to make arrangements for your class.

Adapted from Shakespeare by Susanna Hamnett and Edith Tankus
Performed by Susanna Hamnett
Directed by Edith Tankus

What if the great and tragic story of King Lear were to be told by the King’s closest companion? In this one-woman tour-de-force, actress Susanna Hamnett plays the Fool (who, in good Shakespearean tradition, is actually a girl disguised as a boy) –  and every other character – to tell a very personal and poignant story that borrows from the words of ‘that guy William Shakespeare’.

With breathtaking hilarity and heartache, Susanna honors the beautiful language of Lear while taking a bit of poetic license.  Upending expectations of what a Shakespeare play ‘should’ be, Nearly Lear uses exuberant storytelling, music and film, as well as Shakespeare’s rich poetic text to take us all firmly into the heart of this great story.

‘A mighty theatrical force’ Roddy Phillips, Aberdeen Press and Journal

“An energetic, virtuosic performer with a touch of the endearing goofball”- Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

Recommended for Grades 4th and up.