Category Archives: Characters

Is this the promised end?

No, it’s not. Sunday’s matinee is over and the light towers have been demolished, but we’re not done thinking about King Lear. We’re doing a postmortem of the production in Thursdays’ class (we’re enjoying a much-needed break today) but right now, I’d … Continue reading

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Thou hadst little wit in thy bald crown, when thou gavest thy golden one away

Speaking of crowns…I saw this artifact while visiting the British Museum over winter break, but I couldn’t get a good picture. I found one while revisiting Iron Age England research just now, and I found out that this crown was … Continue reading

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Crowned with rank fumiter and furrow-weeds

The perfect remedy for Spring Break coma? A barrage of rehearsals. King Lear goes up in less than a month, which means our production class will be attending rehearsals, and we’ll be using more class time to run scenes. Today, we did … Continue reading

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A serviceable villain

I’m blogging in defense of Oswald, whom I consider to be the most undervalued, underrated, ignored, misrepresented character in the entire play. Goneril, Regan, Edmund — they’re rightfully condemned by readers and audiences. Sure, in some adaptations they’re more human or … Continue reading

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Most choice, forsaken

So my idea of procrastination this semester is finding amusing King Lear tidbits, videos and images online. Most of the silly ones I share with my class on Facebook, but I found something really illuminating on youtube just now, and … Continue reading

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Sisters, sisters, shame of ladies, sisters!

Thursday’s class was devoted to the three sisters, particularly their interactions in scene one (Cordelia’s farewell) and act two scene four (Goneril and Regan uniting against Lear). We posed and, in some cases, answered a number of questions about staging, … Continue reading

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A woman’s shape doth shield thee

As I mentioned in my last post, King Lear is very often (much too often in my opinion) compared to climbing a mountain, a summit that every actor must overcome before he can be considered “great.” But what is a … Continue reading

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