Nearly Lear

High school

School-only performances are by invitation only
  Monday, December 5, 2022
 Tuesday, December 6, 2022

What if the great and tragic story of King Lear were to be told by the King’s closest companion? In this one-woman tour-de-force, actress Susanna Hamnett plays the Fool (who, in good Shakespearean tradition is actually Noreen disguised as a boy)—and every other character—to tell a very personal and poignant story that borrows from the words of “that guy William Shakespeare.”

Susanna braves the most savage storm in English literature with breathtaking hilarity and heartache, honoring the beautiful language of Lear while taking a bit of poetic license. With its exuberant and unexpected blend of tragedy and humor, Nearly Lear won the 2012 International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Victor Award for Outstanding Production.

Welcome to a Lear that is both profoundly accessible and fun, while serving the great spirit, language and emotional core of the play.