Tech theater presents Shakespearean tragedy

May 3, 2018



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Tech’s theater department ran the production of “King Lear” April 24-29 in Stone Theatre. – Photo courtesy of Justin Jones


Acts of division, betrayal and murder ran rampant in Stone Theatre with Louisiana Tech theater department’s production of Shakespearean tragedy “King Lear.”


The play, which ran April 24-29, tells the tale of an arrogant king who wants to divide his kingdom among his three daughters. His plan goes awry as his children plot and scheme for the largest share of land and eventually throw the entire kingdom into disarray.


Paul Crook, a directing and acting professor in the theater department, served as director of the production and said he believes its political tones are what have kept “King Lear” relevant throughout the years.


“We thought this show would be a great challenge for all of our students — those who work onstage, as well as those who work offstage,” he said. “Shakespeare stays relevant for performers and audience members alike because he wrote about issues that all of us recognize. While ‘Lear’ deals with politics on a grand scale, it’s also a story about family political dynamics, and that’s something that we can all relate to in our own lives.”


The 34-member cast included Masters of Fine Arts candidate Lyndsay Manson in the titular role of King Lear. Graduate student Brittany Butler and senior Olivia Willcox played Lear’s daughters Goneril and Regan respectively.


Emilia Meinert, a senior theater major who played Lear’s youngest daughter Cordelia, said this is her sixth performance with the university theater department.


“I always love working with my friends, the director, Paul B. Crook, and any newbies that decide to join the world of theater,” she said.


She said she most enjoyed getting to witness the audience’s reactions to each scene.


“Shakespeare is tough, but it can be better understood when watching a staged production,” she said. “So I hope the audiences gained a better understanding and respect for Shakespeare while enjoying themselves during the show.”


Jasmine Frazier, a junior interior design major, said she most enjoyed the lighting effects used throughout the play.


“The actors are amazing, and I love the projection that’s going on; that’s something new they’ve been working on,” she said “And also with the lighting strikes and how they wrap around the columns and the stairs and everything, it’s just really nice.”


Frazier said she thinks supporting theater and performing arts is important because it provides a greater appreciation for it.


“I never really was into plays and then my friend dragged me along,” she said. “You just fall in love with the art. There’s so much to theater as well, and you can be a part of any of it, like lighting or stage designing or anything like that. I think that’s really amazing and can show you a new world.”


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