What do you call a king who gives up his kingdom? A fool? Or a father ready to pass on the burdens of power? Join actors Stephen Collins and Poornima Kirby for this haunting, darkly funny adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless classic. This production draws directly from Shakespeare’s text, with Stephen Collins as the mercurial King Lear, and Poornima Kirby as his devoted, clear-eye fool, who narrates the action, and flows fluidly between Lear’s daughters, friends, enemies. This artistic adaptation honors the beautiful essence of the play, while bringing fresh life and a playful twist to its timeless questions of mortality, loyalty, and the parent-child bond.
Stephen Collins is an accomplished actor and literature professor, with over 20 years experience performing solo theatre pieces and literature lectures across New England. Originally from Cambridge, Ma, Stephen studied English at UMass Boston and pursued a career in sales, before returning to what he truly loves; performing and teaching. His solo shows include presentations on the life and writings of Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, the theater of the 40s and 50s, Irish Poets and more. His work with actress Poornima Kirby through New Muse Productions has reconnected him to the joy of collaborative theater. http://unlaunchedvoices.com/
Poornima Kirby is a classically trained actress, writer and director, based in Boston, Ma, specializing in classical and poetic texts, as well as co-created theater. She studied drama at Vassar College, and trained in acting and Shakespeare performance at Shakespeare & Co. and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She has performed regionally at the A.R.T.,
Actors Shakespeare Project, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, and Bay Colony Shakespeare. She has also appeared in several independent films, commercials, industrials and voice-overs, and has worked as a teaching artist in the Boston Public Schools, Tufts Medical Center and Berklee College of Music. She is Artistic Director for Theatre of Eternal Values – America (a branch of an Italy-based international company) where she has written, directed and performed in several original productions. With New Muse, she has scripted or adapted three productions in which she also performs—sometimes playing 18 characters in a single one-hour performance. She is passionate about New Muse’s mission to bring original live theatre directly to audiences where they live, work and play! www.PoornimaKirby.com.