Guest artist Lucy Peak as Queen Lear.
The University of Northern Colorado's 2012-13 Performing Arts Series, which features students in the School of Theatre Arts and Dance, will end its fall schedule with Queen Lear, which opens Nov. 29. The gender-bent take on Shakespeare's classic King Lear is adapted and directed by David Grapes, head of the theater arts and dance program.
Guest artist Lucy Peacock, one of the leading actresses of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, will portray the title character in UNC's production. In addition to her 26 seasons at Stratford, Peacock has also appeared on the stages of Broadway's Lincoln Center, the Vancouver Playhouse, Talk is Free Theatre, the Manitoba Theatre Centre, Centaur Theater and the National Arts Center.
Queen Lear takes place in the mythical "Orcades" off the coast of Scotland long, long ago. Queen Lear, the last of many great tribal warrior/shamenesses is a defeated woman who decides to divide her kingdom among her daughters, some of whom conspire to rid the kingdom of their mother's influence while slowly torturing the queen into madness. At the same time, the Duchess of Gloucester and her daughters are also undergoing a power struggle. In the end, a new era begins for the tribe as a man takes his place on the throne for the first time in 5,000 years.
Queen Lear plays Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. in the Langworthy Theatre in Frasier Hall on the university campus. The production carries a PG rating (recommended for children 12 and older). Free parking is available in UNC parking lots accessed via 17th Street and on streets nearby.
The series spring schedule includes:
- Picasso at the Lapin Agile (comedy-farce) - Feb. 7, 8, 13-16 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 9, 10, and 17 at 2 p.m., Norton Theatre
- Legally Blonde (musical comedy) - March 6-9 at 7:30 p.m.; March 10 at 2 p.m., Langworthy Theatre
- Intimacies (2013 Spring Dance Concert) - April 10-13 at 7:30 p.m.; April 14 at 2 p.m., Norton Theatre
- A Year With Frog and Toad (musical comedy, Youth Theatre Touring Production) - April 13 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Hensel Phelps Theatre - Union Colony Civic Center
- Medea (Greek tragedy) - May 1-4 at 7:30 p.m.; May 5 at 2 p.m., Langworthy Theatre
For performance descriptions, locations and ticket information, visit the series' website.