We are working with the Kingdom Collective, a new independent theatre collective in Toronto, to produce Edward Bond‘s LEAR: a bold and epic re-imagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear that, in our current social climate, is more relevant now than ever. Over the next three months, our goal will be to raise $15,000 so we can put this production on its feet in the way it deserves to be done. The scale of our vision matches the epic nature of this piece.
Already on board is a cast of highly talented and respected established and emerging actors in the independent theatre community – including Thomas Gough (Soup Can, Single Thread, Storefront, safeword, Theatre By The Bay), Dora Award-winner Heather Marie Annis (Morro and Jasp), Kwaku Okyere (Canadian Rep Theatre, Hart House), Eve Wylden (Pandemic Theatre, The Red Light District, 4th Line Theatre), and Kate Wernerburg (Elizabeth-Darcy, Shakespeare BASH’D, Theatre New Brunswick) – and a production team of celebrated indie artists – including our own Sarah Thorpe (Heretic) and Justin Haigh (Love is a Poverty You Can Sell), Melanie Hrymak (Headstrong Collective, Licking Knives), Claire Hill (safeword, Single Thread, Theatre Brouhaha), Monty Martin (Elephants Collective, Digital Media Lab), Katherine Belyea (MYOpera, COC, Angelwalk Theatre), and Randy Lee (Fly By Night Theatre, Soup Can).
We have some fantastic perks lined up for donors to this fundraiser, including free tickets to such Toronto theatre companies as Theatre Passe Muraille, Cahoots Theatre Company, Nightwood Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and the Tarragon Theatre, an opportunity for you to be featured in the video projections shot for and used in the show, opportunities to support theatre students and youth interested in the arts, and much more!
Please take a moment to visit our fundraising page and promotional video below for all the details on the show and our team, and connect with us on social media with the hashtag #LearTO.
We look forward to having your support!
Promotional Video by LD Photo and Video.