01 4 / 2014

BAM and Theatre for a New Audience announce

LIFETIME LEAR ——- A pass to every King Lear produced at BAM and Theatre for a New Audience, forever

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Limited quantity available beginning April 2, 10am

April 1, 2014, Brooklyn——-Brooklyn Academy of Music and Theatre for a
New Audience will offer a special pass that includes a pair of seats to every production of William Shakespeare’s King Lear presented by the Fort Greene cultural neighbors, beginning January 2015 until the end of time. Additional Brooklyn venues to be announced.

BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo said, “We are thrilled at the
prospect of offering true ‘Learheads’ guaranteed access to the many future productions of this essential tragedy.” Added TFANA Founding Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz, “The Bard would surely approve of this profound pledge of loyalty to one of his finest works. Now and forever!”

This current season, each presenter will have had a run of King Lear.
BAM’s, in January/February, by Chichester Festival Theatre, directed by
Angus Jackson, and starred Frank Langella. TFANA’s, which runs through May 4, is directed by Arin Arbus and stars Michael Pennington. (This production is not included in Lifetime Lear). The enduring popularity and relevance of this play catalyzed the idea of creating Lifetime Lear.Other notable King Lear productions at BAM, approaching 20 in number since 1862, include portrayals by Edwin Booth, Ian McKellen, and Derek Jacobi.

Future productions will be announced with each upcoming season, but pass holders can already look forward to BAM’s 2045 Winter/Spring Season, which will feature Ryan Gosling as Lear. Other popular actors being considered for the legendarily physically demanding role include Taylor Kitsch, whose brooding Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights was undeniably practice for the dark king, and Girls' Adam Driver, whose tempestuousness and animal magnetism will no doubt serve him well. Also high on the list is new Brooklynite Patrick Stewart, whose Macbeth (2008, also with Chichester Festival Theatre) will be remembered fondly among Shakespeare's lengthy canon at BAM, in addition to his legacy as Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Kathryn Hunter, who portrayed Puck in Julie Taymor’s production of A
Midsummer Night’s Dream, the inaugural show at TFANA last fall, would be a natural to reprise the role of King Lear, which she has performed
previously. It is hoped that other actresses with the right stuff will also take on the role, such as Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep, and, of course, Jennifer Lawrence.

A comprehensive, tailor-made humanities curriculum is currently being
designed. Events will include On Truth (and Lies) in Monarchy, which will
examine the vexing issues of absolute rule and unruly heirs, and a series of once-a-decade (ad infinitum) gatherings for Lifetime Lear patrons to discuss the shifting precepts of the play as viewed through the actual aging process.

Lifetime Lear goes on sale to Friends of BAM and current TFANA subscribers on Wednesday, April 2 at 10am, and to the general public on Monday, April 5 at 10am. The price of a pass is $16,060, in acknowledgement of 1606, the year of the play’s writing; an installment plan is available. A total of 26 Lifetime Lear passes will be sold——-the number of scenes in King Lear. And two scholarship passes will be donated to patrons whose names will be drawn; you must enter to be considered.

The pass, good for a pair of premium location seats to each and every future performance, comes in the form of a braided crown of reeds to be designed by a Brooklyn artisanal milliner, custom fitted to each Learhead’s pate. (The reeds are symbolic of nettles, thorns, and hemlock, which will not be used in order to avoid poisoning.) The bearer will also receive a throne crafted of recycled materials from Hurricane Sandy’s wreckage, that——-like Lear’s eroding grasp on his facilities and throne——-disintegrates with the inexorable passage of time; plus a crystal ball containing a miniature tempest that flares up on performance dates as a handy calendar reminder. 

Note: Lifetime Lear passes are non-transferable, even between generations. BAM and TFANA cannot be responsible for Acts of God or by decree of the King. BAM and TFANA employees and their relatives may not enter to win the scholarship passes, but may purchase one pass at the standard employee discount.

TO PURCHASE: CLICK HERE

Pictured: Jake Horowitz as The Fool; photo by Carol Rosegg.

28 1 / 2014

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2014 is the Year of Lear, especially here in Kings County with our upcoming production of King Lear, directed by Arin Arbus and featuring Michael Pennington, and BAM’s recent presentation of Chichester Festival Theatre’s King Lear starring Frank Langella. Plus, The Public Theater is producing King Lear featuring John Lithgow this summer at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. We’ve started seeing Lear references everywhere, and would like YOU to help us capture a visual Lear using Instagram!

How to participate:

Every day at 8am we will post a new quote from King Lear to inspire your ‘gramming for the day. The quotes will be posted via the Theatre For a New Audience and BAM Twitter and Instagram accounts. The contest runs from Wednesday, January 29 through Tuesday, February 25 at midnight.

You may post as many photos (and/or videos!) as you like inspired by each quote—feel free to be as literal or interpretive as you like, and don’t forget the #Leargram hashtag. Creativity and originality are encouraged! No prior knowledge of the play required.

We will pick two finalists every Wednesday in February (Feb 5, 12, 19, and 26), and one will go on to be the grand prize winner to be announced the first week in March.

Be sure to follow TFANA (@TheatreForANewA), BAM (@BAM_Brooklyn), and The Public (@publictheaterny) on Instagram, and tag all photo and video entries with #Leargram.

#LEARGRAM QUOTES

  • Tues, Feb 25: “When we are born, we cry that we are come To this great stage of fools” (Lear 4.6)

  • Mon, Feb 24: “A man may see how the world goes with no eyes” (Lear 4.6)
  • Sun, Feb 23: “He’s mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf” (Fool 3.6)

  • Sat, Feb 22: “They told me I was everything; ‘tis a lie” (Lear 4.6)

  • Fri, Feb 21: “I am a man More sinn’d against than sinning.” (Lear 3.2)

  • Thurs, Feb 20: “And worse I may be yet. The worst is not So long as we can say ‘This is the worst.’” (Edgar 4.1)
  • Wed, Feb 19: “This cold night will turn us all to fools and madmen” (Fool 3.4)
  • Tues, Feb 18: “Thou, Nature, art my goddess (Edmund 1.2)

  • Mon, Feb 17: “Ay, every inch a king” (Lear 4.6)

  • Sun, Feb 16: “O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven!” (Lear 1.5)
  • Sat, Feb 15: “Why brand they us With base? With baseness? Bastardy? Base, base?” (Edmund 1.2)

  • Thurs, Feb 13: “That which makes me bend makes the King bow (Edgar 3.6)

  • Wed, Feb 12: “Dearer than eyesight, space, and liberty” (Goneril 1.1)
  • Tues, Feb 11: “Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise” (Fool 1.2)

  • Mon, Feb 10: “That way madness lies” (Lear 3.4)

  • Sun, Feb 9: “Nothing can come of nothing” (Lear 1.1)
  • Sat, Feb 8: “The prince of darkness is a gentleman” (Edgar 3.4)
  • Fri, Feb 7: “Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave My heart into my mouth” (Cordelia 1.1)

  • Thurs, Feb 6: “’Tis the time’s plague when madmen lead the blind” (Gloucester 4.1)
  • Wed, Feb 5: “while we Unburdened crawl toward death” (Lear 1.1)

  • Tues, Feb 4: “I had rather be any kind o’ thing than a fool! And yet I would not be thee, nuncle” (Fool 1.2)
  • Mon, Feb 3: Things that love night Love not such nights as these (Kent 3.2)

  • Sun, Feb 2: “I’ll not be strucken, my lord.” “Nor tripped neither, you base football player?” (Oswald, Kent 4.1)
  • Sat, Feb. 1: How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is To have a thankless child! (Lear 1.4)

  • Fri. Jan 31: Come not between the dragon and his wrath (Lear 1.1)

  • Thurs, Jan 30: We have seen the best of our time (Gloucester 1.2)

  • Wed, Jan 29: Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage! Blow! (Lear 3.2)  

Prizes:

Week 4: Give a gift: "Send-a-Sonnet"
Week 3: Two tickets to Red Velvet at St. Ann’s Warehouse.
Week 2: Two tickets to The Public Theater’s Antony & Cleopatra.
Week 1: Two tickets to BEDLAM's Hamlet or Saint Joan.

The grand prize winner will receive the Ultimate Shakespeare Prize Package, including tickets to Theatre for a New Audience and BAM, Shakespeare in the ParkSleep No More, The Shakespeare Society, and much more to be announced!

The Fine Print:

Everyone is encouraged to participate! But to be eligible to win, you must follow TFANA (@TheatreForANewA) and BAM (BAM_Brooklyn) on Instagram and tag all photo and video entries with #Leargram. Only residents of the United States 13 years of age and older may be selected as finalists or the grand prize winner.

Click here to read the complete rules.

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