Brooks To Play King Lear At Yale

By Michelle
December 16, 2003 - 9:19 PM

Avery Brooks (Captain Sisko) will play the title role of King Lear in a production of the Shakespearean tragedy opening in February.

The Yale Repertory Theatre will stage King Lear directed by Harold Scott from February 13th through March 13th, 2004.

The play, which finishes previews to open on February 19th, will feature a Mesoamerican setting, allowing "the mythic tale of untamed and unalloyed passion to drive the story from an historical black perspective," explained a Yale Repertore Theatre press release.

Brooks will lead a multicultural cast in a version that explores the mythic elements of Shakespeare's story of family and social breakdown. The production's music is by Tony Davis.

Another Star Trek captain, Patrick Stewart (Picard), played Lear recently in TNT's televised production of the drama.

Director Scott, who worked with Brooks in the Broadway production of Paul Robeson, has received the Lloyd Richards Director's Award from the National Black Theatre Festival for his "profound contribution to black theater."

King Lear will be performed at the University Theatre, 222 York Street, in New Haven, Connecticut. Information about ticketing may be found here.

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