Royal Madness at Himmel Park...Well, OK, "King Lear"

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Shakespeare returns to the park tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 19 with "King Lear."

OK, here's part for the CliffsNotes summary on the story of another one of those quirky British kings:

King Lear opens with a conversation between the earls of Kent and Gloucester, in which the audience learns that Gloucester has two sons: Edgar, who is his legitimate heir, and Edmund, his younger illegitimate son. This information will provide the secondary or subplot. Next, King Lear enters to state that he intends to remove himself from life's duties and concerns. Pointing at a map, Lear tells those in attendance that he has divided his kingdom into three shares, to be parceled out to his three daughters, as determined by their protestations of love. The two elder daughters, Goneril and Regan, exaggerate their love by telling their father that their affection for him exceeds all reasonable expectations. The youngest daughter, Cordelia, tells Lear that she loves him, but only as a daughter should love a father. Lear, angry and disappointed at what he deems a lack of devotion on Cordelia's part, divides his kingdom equally between Goneril and Regan, and banishes Cordelia. Later, France agrees to marry the now dowerless and banished Cordelia. When Kent attempts to defend Cordelia, Lear banishes him as well. Meanwhile, Goneril and Regan decide that if Lear becomes too much of a nuisance, they will have to decide what disciplinary actions to take.

The play, brought to you by El Rio Theater Project, is the group’s 8th year bringing theater to the park’s outdoor amphitheater at 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. $5 suggested donation.

The play runs two weeks, Friday Sept. 19 to Sunday, Sept. 21 and Friday, Oct. 2 to Sunday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m.

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