Porters of Hellsgate’s King Lear

The Porters of Hellsgate present…

William Shakespeare’s
king lear

Starring Larry Cedar
Directed by Thomas Bigley
Produced by The Porters of Hellsgate

January 4th, 2013 marks the opening of The Porters of Hellsgate’s seventh season as they dive headlong into Shakespeare’s seminal tragedy, King Lear. Militaristic in style, and set against an industrial, barren landscape, the Porters explore the destruction of family by greed and ambition, and blindness in the face of regret.

King Lear has divided his kingdom among his three daughters. Deceived by age and pride, he banishes his youngest daughter, blind to her devotion and the greed and cruelty of his two eldest. Lear is cast out by his eldest daughters into a raging storm and forced to keep company with fools and madmen, while Gloucester’s bastard son Edmund schemes against his half-brother Edgar. Tension mounts as sanity is lost, sight is taken, and war breaks out for control of the kingdom in the Bard’s stunning meditation on aging, family, and hysteria.

Larry Cedar as King Lear
with Leon Russom as The Earl of Gloucester

featuring: Michael Bigley, Dana DeRuyck, Sean Faye, Jamey Hecht, Jo D. Jones, Gus Krieger, Christina MacKinnon, Kate O’Toole, Alex Parker, Tim Portnoy, Hilary Schwartz, Justin Michael Terry, and Jesse James Thomas.

Cedar’s crowd-pleasing physical and facial dexterity holds the house in his pocket.”
-Back Stage West

The charms of Larry Cedar must be sung. The tall, acerbic actor, known for this delicious turns in Reprise’s She Loves Me and HBO’s Deadwood is the reason to seeCeladine, Charles Evered’s Restoration-style romp now at the Colony Theatre…At ease with Celadine’s ornate language and screwball sensibility, the actor signals to the audience he has everything well in hand.”
The Los Angeles Times

Endgame at Sacred Fools
-LA Weekly nomination Best Actor, Leon Russom

Showstopper Mr. Russom”
-Stage & Cinema

Russom is so absolutely top-notch”
-LA Weekly

Russom is outstanding as Buckingham”
-LA Weekly

Hailed as “a promising, young theatre company” by The Los Angeles Times, The Porters of Hellsgate Theatre Company was founded in 2006 by Edward Castuera, Jack Leahy and Charles Pasternak. Their inaugural production of William Shakespeare’sJulius Caesar opened at the end of that year. Since then, The Porters have produced fourteen more of Shakespeare’s plays: Twelfth Night (’07), King Richard III (’07),Titus Andronicus (’07), Two Gentlemen of Verona (‘07/’08), Much Ado About Nothing (’08), Macbeth (’08), Love’s Labour’s Lost (’08), King Richard II (’09),Hamlet (’10), The Comedy of Errors (’10), The Merchant of Venice (’11), Troilus & Cressida (’12), The Merry Wives of Windsor (’12), and Measure for Measure (’12), as well as Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (’10, in rep. WithHamlet), an original work, Deity Clutch (originally produced in ’10, then remounted for the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival), penned by Associate Artistic Director Gus Krieger, and last season, the world premiere of a new translation of Oedipus the Tyrant(’11), translated by resident artist Jamey Hecht, Ph.D.

In 2010, Artistic Director Charles Pasternak was awarded “Shakespeare Performance of the Year” by StageSceneLA for his performance in the title role of Hamlet in The Porters’ production of The Bard’s timeless tragedy (which also received a “GO!” from the LA Weekly). Also awarded, Founding Director Edward Castuera, in the role of Horatio, earning “Best Performance by a Featured Actor/Drama,” and Associate Artistic Director Thomas Bigley, earning “Outstanding Direction of a Drama.” In 2011, Associate Artistic Director Gus Krieger and resident artist Liza de Weerd were both honored with “Best Leading Actor in a Comedy/Drama” awards byStageSceneLA for their work as Shylock and Portia, respectively, in The Porters’ production of The Merchant of Venice. In 2012, Associate Artistic Director Gus Krieger won StageSceneLA’s “Best Performance in a Shakespeare Play” for his work as Master Ford in The Porters’ The Merry Wives of Windsor, which also garnered Artistic Director Charles Pasternak an “Outstanding Direction of a Shakespeare Play” award, and resident artist Dylan Vigus an “Outstanding Performance in a Shakespeare Play” award for his take on Sir John Falstaff.

It is The Porters’ continuing intent to bring powerful productions of classical work to the Los Angeles community.

Praise for The Porters’ 2012 Season

Thrills to No End”
-LA Weekly

-The Los Angeles Times

Considerable Skill and Panache”

Downright Exciting”
-LA Stage Watch

Impressive and Dramatic”
-Tolucan Times

Alarming Intensity”
-Shakespeare in LA

Fast, Fun Farce of Comedy Energy”
-NoHo Arts Dist.

Porters Deliver”

Handled with Aplomb”

Theatrical Excellence”
-Yahoo On-line

Compelling…Strong and Mature”
-Advice to the Players

Transcends the Limitations of a 99 contract”
-Thomas Hampton Reviews

King Lear opens Friday, January 4th, at 8pm. The production will run Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm, with Sunday matinees at 5pm, through Sunday, January 27th, 2013; the six-week run continues running Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm through February 9th. There will be talk-backs with the cast the 2nd-4th Sundays.

Presented at:
The Studio/Stage
520 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Tickets are $20, $15 for students/seniors 60+/AEA.
Reservations are available online via BrownPaperTickets.com
(Designated URL at: http://PortersLear.brownpapertickets.com)
Reservations can also be made via our e-mail or voice mail.
Information line/voice mail: 818-325-2055
E-mail questions/comments/reservations to: [email protected]
Press Night: Press is welcome at any performance (plus one available by request), but the preferred press night is Saturday, January 5th, at 8pm.

Thank you for your consideration! We hope to see you soon.

All the Best,
Alex Parker
Managing Director / Press Secretary
The Porters of Hellsgate Theatre Co.

Here’s a knocking indeed! If a man were a porter of hellsgate, he should have old turning the key… Anon, anon! I pray you, remember the porter.”
-The Scottish Play, Act 2, scene 3

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About the Author: ENCI is an actor and recently turned writer and director. She is an urban cyclist, passionate about living intentionally, about leaving less behind and about living healthy. Enci is a member of SAG and AFTRA and is on the board of the 501(c)4 Bikeside and is co-founder of the Bike Writers Collective. Enci teaches all over town about web etiquettes and social media and is involved with the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council where she serves on the Arts & Culture Committee. Enci is passionate about leaning new things and currently she is studying ASL. You can visit her at http://EnciPerforms.com or read about her adventures at http://illuminateLA.com

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