Shakespeare’s text, edited to 100 minutes, no intermission. Performed by live actors as Lear and Fool, with 28 puppets operated & voiced in full view by the actors within a 6' x 6' x 7' ft. frame, with sound score & abstract video.
Lear is the puppeteer of his own puppet show, to himself the only real human in his motherless kingdom of power and commodity. His whimsical love quiz is sprung from desperate thirst: love is merchandise for barter, quantifiable by the number of knights under his command. Lear obsessively plays out his loss of power, friendship, shelter, sanity, and at last even hope: his newly-hatched understandings bring no redemption. The Fool is his withered soul, an acid clown who torments Lear, stage-manages his story (handing him puppets, operating tech cues, voicing minor characters), and finally disappears into Lear’s madness.
Since 1974, the Eye has produced 78 works, including 47 Bishop/Fuller scripts, for over 3,500 performances. It has toured 35 states and Canada, retaining many of its major pieces over spans of 2 to 15 years. The full story is at www.independenteye.org
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