A Mythological Celtic king, James Earl Jones, and the Public Discourse on Aging
29 May 2019

It may have premiered on St. Stephen’s Day in 1606, but it’s still inspiring timely conversations.

The King Lear Project by Theater of War Productions will bring to life scenes from Shakespeare’s play, whose titular character is an aging king in tragic decline, to spark discussion on aging, elder care, and dementia.

Using stories from the realms of Classics and the classics, Theater of War engages communities in discussion of pressing, sometimes taboo, contemporary issues, from elder care, to the refugee crisis, to mental health, to racial injustice. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) has provided significant repeated support to Theater of War as the company has expanded access to is powerful offerings like The King Lear Project. SNF also exclusively supported a free ten-week run of the company’s powerful Antigone in Ferguson currently underway in Brooklyn.

The King Lear Project includes four free performances around New York in May and June, featuring actor James Earl Jones, among others.

Founded in 2009, Theater of War Productions is now Public Artist in Residence for New York City’s Department of Veterans’ Services. It is led by Artistic Director Bryan Doerries, who will take part in the SNF Conference to be held in Athens this June.