Lear

By Young Jean Lee

October 6 – October 29
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm
PWYC Previews: October 4 – 5 at 8:00pm

*Show features a strobe light, explicit language and references to sexual content.*

Shakespearean drama meets millennial self-indulgence in this outlandish and driving take on King Lear. Boring, stuffy parents have been left for dead – consigning audiences to the not-so-tender mercies of a younger generation, a mix of heroes and villains indulging their own selfish whims. Despite sharp wits and sharper teeth, these Kardashian-esque kids are comically shallow, callous, and vain: more concerned with dancing and drama than their own doomed parents. But superficial pleasures can only reign for so long before their conscience catches up with them, unearthing ugly secrets, doubts, and fears. Regional premiere.

Meet the Guest Artists!


Surasree Das (Goneril) is delighted to make her debut at Single Carrot with such a thrilling show! Favourite lead and supporting roles include Constellation Theatre Company: Dunyazade, Azizah and others; Maryland Ensemble Theatre: Nijo (Top Girls), Fairy Godmother (Cinderella), Patches (Wizard of Odd); Toby’s Dinner Theatre: Liat (South Pacific); Clouds in My Coffee: Multiple Roles (Sensuality). Surasree performs with Murder Mystery in Baltimore and has worked with DramaKids International and Classroom Adventures LLC. She hopes that after watching this show, you’ll think twice about banishing an annoying member of your family into the woods.


Tim German (Edmund) is A Second City Trained Comedic Actor from Maryland, and a member of Training 4 Prom, one of the Baltimore Improv Group’s mainstage troupes. Previous Credits include: A recurring cast member in the Baltimore Improv Group’s Unscripted: A Fully Improvised Play; Usnavi in In The Heights and Mark in Rent at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre; and Cord in Spark at Adventure Stage Chicago.


Chloe Mikala (Cordelia) is a D.C.-based actor thrilled to be back in Bawlmore making her Single Carrot Theatre debut! Her D.C/Baltimore credits include – Baltimore Center Stage: Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Everyman Theatre: A Streetcar Named Desire, Wedding Band (staged reading); Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: Unscene (workshop production); Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage: Will o’ the Wisp (staged reading); The Welders: To Tell My Story: A Hamlet Fanfic; Round House Theatre: Period Sisters (workshop production); Source Theatre Festival: Threat Level: Cream, The Emperor’s Big Fat Naked Revolution; Pointless Theatre Company: A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular; Iron Crow Theatre: The Well of Horniness; Fells Point Corner Theatre: Die, Mr. Darcy, Die! (staged reading); Maryland Ensemble Theatre: 11 Days of Bloody, Bloody Carnage (staged reading), The Funeral of Casey B. Collins (staged reading). Special thanks to Mollie and Andrew for housing and loving me! Upcoming: 45 Plays for 45 Presidents with NextStop Theatre Company.


Elizabeth Ung (Regan) is an actress and theatre artist based in Baltimore/Washington, D.C. She previously appeared in Single Carrot’s production of Utopia Parkway. Other credits include: The Blind, At Sea Staring Up (The Wheel Theatre Company); Yo, You Be Trippin! (Charm City Fringe Festival); The Elephant Man (Fells Point Corner Theatre); Life Support (Galen Theater); The Pillowman, The Changeling (4615 Theatre Company). Upcoming production: The Goodies (Iron Crow Theatre). Education: BA in Theatre Studies (University of Maryland, Baltimore County). She dedicates this show to her father and mother.

Press!


“Single Carrot Theatre offers vibrant staging of quirky, multilayered ‘Lear’ – The Baltimore Sun
“Above all, the production effectively underscores how, for all of the wryness and digressions, all the curious and crazy turns, familiar concerns haunt everyone in the play — time’s relentless passing, mortality’s relentless toll.”


“Rousuck’s Review: ‘Lear’ at Single Carrot Theatre” – WYPR
“Mean girls – and mean boys – meet King Lear…Young Jean Lee depicts [Shakespeare’s characters] as privileged, self-centered children of wealth and power – they’ve gotten what they want and it has made them miserable.”


“Review: ‘Lear’ at Single Carrot” – Baltimore Style
“Some scenes are so touching that you might, as the many people I saw in the hallway post-production, find yourself weeping openly…sometimes it’s nice to throw yourself into something profoundly strange and deeply at odds with day-to-day decorum.”


“Review: ‘Lear’ at Single Carrot Theatre” – DC Metro Theatre Arts
“Single Carrot’s production of Lear is bold, confident, avant-garde theater…if you’ve got room for a little weird in your life and are willing to strap in and let the experience-providing experts at Single Carrot take you for a wild ride, you’re unlikely to regret it…the acting is fantastic, the direction is smart and efficient, and the design team created a magical environment to house it all. The combination of all these elements make Single Carrot’s Lear a poignant production you’ll find returning to your thoughts again and again.”

Cast

Surasree Das ….. Goneril
Paul Diem …….. Edgar
Tim German …….. Edmund
Chloe Mikala ……. Cordelia
Elizabeth Ung …. Regan

Production Team

Andrew Peters ….. Director
Mani Yangilmau ….. Assistant Director
Kate Lynch ….. Stage Manager
Cydney Cohn ….. Assistant Stage Manager

Design Team

Alison Campbell ….. Set Design
Helen Garcia ….. Lighting Design
Connor Ceisil ….. Sound Design
Nicki Seibert ….. Costume Design
Alisa Glenn ….. Props Design
Nellie Glover ….. Choreography
House of Bankerd …… Wig Construction
Jenny Male ….. Violence Design