PSU Theatre presents Staged Reading of "King Lear"

 PLYMOUTH — The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University will host a staged reading of Shakespeare's King Lear at 7 p.m. February 21 and 22 in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

The program features professional director and actor John Briggs, a well-known and highly praised director and adaptor of Shakespeare's plays as King Lear. Briggs has created and directed provocative adaptations of Shakespeare for Georgia Shakespeare Festival, including Hamlet, Godfather of Brooklyn; The Merchant of Venice: 1938; Macbeth and Richard III; the Cowboy Comedy of Errors, and Julio Cesar (for which he received critical recognition in the prestigious Shakespeare Quarterly. At Plymouth State, Briggs has directed Ah! Wilderness, Eleemosynary, Ghost Sonata, and Illyria (a musical adaptation of Twelfth Night).

A staged reading " ... is concerned with the play proper, without visual elements and other production values. The audience is expected to hear the ideas and intent of the playwright through the actors' interpretation, and that is its beauty," according to Briggs.

Tickets for this staged reading are $6 for all seats, at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at