"King Lear" is directed by Frannie Shepherd-Bates and will play at Marygrove College, where the company is currently in residence, April 9 through 19 -- it is the first time Shakespeare in Detroit has performed in a traditional proscenium-style theater. The company has previously performed in parks, a restaurant, a recycling center, high school and a black box theatre as part of its template for performing in the places where people live, work and play. 'Lear' also marks the sixth full-fledged production for the company in 18 months.
"I am so proud of the work Shakespeare in Detroit has produced since our first production in August 2013," says Sam White, founder and artistic director. "It's been an honor working with some of this area's most talented actors and artists.
"Marygrove College is the perfect venue for us to play our most important production yet," says White. "I believe we have built a solid foundation for a Shakespeare company here in the city and I am excited for the future."
This final show of the season is an important transition for the company who was recently taken on as a client by Sacramento, California-based branding, marketing and public relations agency Runyon, Saltzman and Einhorn, Inc.
"The agency has been kind enough to take us under their wings as we examine ways to continue to grow and build," says White."We don't want to just survive, we want to thrive and its important that we find ways to sustain ourselves, build new audiences and support all of our artists."
Shakespeare in Detroit planned to close the season with what would have been their third summer of free Shakespeare in the park in the city. The company is unable to continue this summer due to a lack of resources. The funds raised through their recent fundraiser will be applied towards costs for "King Lear."
"We hoped to raise enough funds through our crowdfunding campaign, however, we were not able to reach our goal which would have allowed us to continue our mission this summer to provide free, accessible Shakespeare to the community," says White.
"The theatre will go dark after 'Lear' through the fall season as we restructure the organization," she continues. "We look forward to returning in the spring with a ticketed production, followed by a summer 2016 production in the park which will continue our mission and allow Shakespeare's work to touch the city's diverse landscape.""King Lear" will play at Marygrove College located at 8425 McNichols in Detroit on Thursday, April 9, Friday, April 10, Saturday, April 11 and Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. with one matinee on Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. Visit ShakespeareinDetroit.com for info tickets.