Watch Shakespeare in the Park at Home
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Submitted by the Event Organizer
This summer, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s ‘Free Shakespeare in the Park’ has a new name– ‘Free Shakespeare at Home’.
In response to social distancing restrictions and pandemic safety measures, this season’s play, ‘King Lear’, will be performed LIVE on YouTube. Individual artists acting in their homes will stream their performances in real-time. These individual digital streams will be simultaneously composited by SF Shakes and broadcast to the audience, in visually compelling ways that capture the thrill of viewing a live performance.
King Lear is the story of a nation disrupted by political convulsion. The play was composed while Shakespeare was in quarantine during the plague of 1606, so it feels essential to this moment. We have been developing the script since the shelter-in-place orders were issued in March, and so the multiple crises that characterize our world at this time also inflect the vision of this play. You won’t want to miss it.
Director Elizabeth Carter has cast a woman in the leading role, in order to examine the particular pressures women face in leadership positions.