/ Lear and Exit the King
Directed by Brendan Healy
ABOUT THE PLAY
Exit the King is an absurdist drama by Eugene Ionesco that premiered in 1962. It is the third in Ionesco’s “Berenger Cycle”. Berenger appears as a depressed and insecure everyman who is prone to sentimentality. In Exit the King, he is the solipsistic and belligerent King Berenger the First who was apparently at one point able to command nature and force others to obey his will.
Lear by Young Jean Lee is a collision between Shakespeare’s King Lear, Sesame Street, and Young Jean Lee’s own take on the theme of dealing with a father’s mortality, Lee’s Lear focuses not on the aging Lear and Gloucester, but rather on their adult children who turned their backs on their fathers’ suffering. An absurdist tragedy about familial piety, despair, and the end of life.
The double bill focuses on the absurdist “tradition” and the form as a political response to the times.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Brendan Healy is a director and theatre artist. He is the current Artistic Director of Magnetic North Theatre Festival. He has won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding direction in 2011 for Blasted. Other directing credits include Entertaining Mr. Sloane at Soulpepper, The Silicone Diaries and Arigato, Tokyo at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Brendan was Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto for six years. He graduated from the National Theatre School's Directing program in 2005.
PAY WHAT YOU THINK (ON THE WAY OUT)
For all the graduating class performances presented in the Ludger-Duvernay Theatre, tickets will be available at the door only, on a first-come, first-served basis, starting 60 minutes before each performance. Appreciate the play and pay what you think is appropriate on the way out!