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(L-R) Clara Hevia (Cordelia), Leah Walton (Goneril), Emily Raine Blythe (Regan), Lary Opitz (Lear)
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Shakespeare Company of Saratoga Springs, NY, is continuing 19th season with presenting its second production, Shakespeare’s KING LEAR, directed by Wesley Broulik. Broulik’s production highlights themes of stormy family relationships, human frailty, revenge, and redemption grounded in a timely and all-too familiar world. The company is thrilled to celebrate its nineteenth summer season of free outdoor theater on SPAC grounds and in beautiful Congress Park in downtown Saratoga Springs, New York.
Building on last year’s successful collaboration, Saratoga Shakespeare began their season joining forces with SPAC and Radial Arts to present Poetry in the Pines, bringing a new, innovative and music-filled production of THE TEMPEST on the SPAC Reflecting Pool on Friday, July 19th at 2:00pm and 5:00pm and on Saturday, July 20th at 11:00am and KING LEAR opens the following week with performances on Tuesday, July 23rd through Saturday, July 27th and Tuesday, July 30th through Saturday, August 3rd (there are no Sunday or Monday performances). All performances will be at 6:00pm in Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, on the Alfred Z. Solomon Stage.
We are excited to welcome back Wesley Broulik as director of KING LEAR. Wesley directed our mesmerizing 2017 production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and has been a frequent actor with the company, most recently as the hilarious Touchstone in last season’s AS YOU LIKE IT. Wesley is a director, writer, actor, and educator. His work has been seen off-Broadway, regionally, and on television and film. He currently serves as the head of acting at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska.
Admission is always free of charge for both productions and Congress Park and SPAC grounds are entirely accessible. Both young and old, as well as family groups, are strongly encouraged to attend – with or without picnics – for what has become a beloved summer tradition in Saratoga.
As Saratoga’s longest running professional theatre company, both productions will feature several experienced members of Actors’ Equity Association, the stage actors’ professional union. These thirteen actors have extensive New York City and national stage, film and television credits. In addition, a talented group of non-union professional actors and members of Saratoga Shakespeare’s Young Theatre Professional Company will round out the casts.
Since 2000, the productions of Saratoga’s longest running professional theatre company have become a beloved Saratoga tradition, and many regional children have grown up watching Saratoga Shakespeare every summer. The Company takes pride in presenting Shakespeare’s work with great clarity and continues to develop a visually arresting and audience immersive aesthetic.
The Saratoga Shakespeare Company is grateful to Skidmore College for their generosity, as well as continued support from Skidmore’s Office of Special Programs and the Department of Theater. The Company was the recipient of a 2019 Community Arts Grant from Saratoga Arts.