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Tragedie of Lear ()

Playwright: William Shakespeare
Director: Ash Knight


The Palmerston Public Library Theatre


October 12th, 2017 – October 22nd, 2017


In this production of Tragedie of Lear, the aim is to explore the relationship between aging parents and their adult children through the lens of mental illness.

This is a subject that is very much on the forefront in our own city and will resonate with many of those who are going through, or will be going through similar events. As the Canadian population is moving towards a higher percentage of retirees, the “sandwich generation” (the children of these retirees) is feeling increased pressure in learning to cope with its changing child-parent dynamics. Sadly, when mental illness is a factor, these changing dynamics become even more fraught with diverse challenges.

Though we see the question of caring for the elderly as a modern problem, Shakespeare was able to explore it in his day through King Lear, proving that this is a universal concern which spans centuries. We hope our approach to the play will allow modern day Toronto audiences to connect with the play and its concerns. (


Walter Borden Lear
Deborah Drakeford Goneril
David Mackett Albany
Joella Crichton Regan
Andrew Moodie Cornwall
Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster Cordelia / Foole
Giovanni Spina France
Jane Luk Gloster
Byron Abalos Edgar
Daniel Brière Edgar (October 14 & 15)
Eli Ham Edmund
Marc Bondy Kent
Vijay Mehta Oswald
Azeem Nathoo Doctor
Christopher Kelk Lear (Alternate)

Creative Team

William Shakespeare Playwright
Ash Knight Director
David DeGrow Set Designer
David DeGrow Prop Designer
Jareth Li Lighting Designer
Christine Ting-Huan 挺歡 Urquhart Costume Designer
Ed Hanley Percussion Designer
Maddie Bautista Sound Designer


Virginia Cardinal Stage Manager
Richard Greenblatt Directorial Consultant
Suvendrini Lena Neurological Consultant
Jonathan Purvis Fight Consultant
Ash Knight Producer
Jane Luk Producer
Jon de Leon Producer
Azeem Nathoo Producer
Joella Crichton Producer
Farah Merani Producer
Brendan Mirotchnick Producer
Morgan Frey Production Assistant
Peter N. Bailey Production Assistant