King Lear (Folger Theatre, 2007)

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Folger Theatre produced William Shakespeare's King Lear, directed by Alfred Preisser, from January 11 to February 18, 2007.

André De Shields (King Lear), King Lear, directed by Alfred Preisser, Folger Theatre in a co-production with The Classical Theatre of Harlem, 2007. Photo by Scott Suchman.

The Production

Entertainment unions represented in Folger Theatre productions include The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, United Scenic Artists (**), and the Actors' Equity Association (*), which includes members of the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.


  • Duane Allen: Burgundy, Captain
  • JJ Area: Messenger, Lear Train
  • Jerome Preston Bates*: Kent
  • Danyon Davis*: Edgar
  • Andre De Shields*: Lear
  • Chantal Jean-Pierre*: Goneril
  • Ty Jones*: Edmund
  • Ian Lockhart: France, Lear Train
  • Shayshahn MacPherson: Musician, Lear Train
  • Francis Mateo: Cornwall, Doctor
  • Christina Sajous: Cordelia
  • Ken Schatz*: Fool
  • Todd Scofield*: Albany
  • Zuanna Sherman: Oswald
  • Deidra LeWan Starnes*: Regan
  • Harold Surratt*: Gloucester

Creative team

  • William Shakespeare, Playwright
  • Alfred Preisser, Director
  • Troy Hourie**, Scenic Designer
  • Kimberly Glennon, Costume Designer
  • Aaron Black**, Lighting Designer
  • Roxi Trapp-Dukes, Assistant Director
  • Che Wernsman**, Stage Manager

Production team

  • Eric Grims, Production Manager/Technical Director
  • Michele Osherow, Literary Advisor
  • Seth Schwartz, Assistant Stage Manager
  • Ian Lockhart, Fight Captain
  • Amber Meade, Master Electrician
  • Sarah Peterson, Light Board Operator
  • Cat Martin, Wardrobe
  • TSA, Inc., Set Construction
  • Elisha Bartels, Bill Carlton, Danielle Deacon, Paul Ring, & Jacob Rothermel, Carpenters

Folger Theatre

  • Janet Alexander Griffin, Artistic Producer
  • Beth Emelson, Assistant Artistic Producer
  • Giuseppe DeBartolo, General Manager

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