With ‘Lear,’ theater leaders come together to celebrate Shakespeare and S.F.’s Fillmore district
David John Chávez | September 6, 2022
There are plotlines aplenty in William Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” So it feels appropriate that the number of backstage subplots involved in California Shakespeare Theater’s new production are plentiful in their own right.
The final show of Cal Shakes’ 2022 season, “Lear” is a world-premiere, modern-day verse translation of one of Shakespeare’s most brutally heartbreaking tales, telling the story of a king’s self-destruction amid jilted loyalties and horrendous miscalculations. The show packs the action behind the scenes as well, including ambitious creative collaborations, a significant return and one major exit.