a one woman tour-de-force
Nearly Lear

Susanna Hamnett’s mischievous adaptation of
Shakespeare’s tragedy is accessible and fun
serves the spirit
language and emotional core of the play

Four Performances OnlyOct19-21

Fri Oct 19 @ 7:30pm ~ Sat Oct 20 @2pm & 7:30pm ~ Sun @2pm

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Nearly Lear –  24th Street Theatre brings Canada’s international touring production to the U.S. for one weekend only. In this mischievous one-woman tour-de-force adaptation of King Lear, Susanna Hamnett plays the Fool—and every other character—to tell a very personal and poignant story with breathtaking hilarity and heartache. Upending expectations, Nearly Lear blends exuberant storytelling, music and film with Shakespeare’s poetic text to usher the audience firmly into the heart of this great story. Welcome to a Lear that is profoundly accessible and fun, while serving the spirit, language and emotional core of the play. (Rated PG – ages 7+)

Why a Female Fool?

Adapted from Shakespeare by Susanna Hamnett and Edith Tankus
Initial research and development in association with Emma Rice and Mike Shepherd of Kneehigh TheatreEngland
Directed by Edith Tankus
Starring Susanna Hamnett
Presented by 24th STreet Theatre, Debbie Devine, artistic director; Jay McAdams, executive director

Friday, October 19 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 20 @ 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 21 @ 2 pm

24th STreet Theatre
1117 West 24th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007-1725

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Adults: $15
Under 16: $10
Seniors, Students and Teachers: $12
North University Park residents: 24 cents


Nearly Lear is an emotional roller-coaster ride that upends expectations of what a Shakespeare play “should” be, using exuberant storytelling, music and film in addition to Shakespeare’s rich poetic text to take its audience firmly into the heart of this great story. Writing in The New York Times, Charles Isherwood called it “A frisky, funny, vaudevillian…tantalizing introduction to the lifelong pleasures of seeing and reading Shakespeare… doesn’t add any sugar to Shakespeare’s sanguinary story, letting the corpses fall where they may.”

The production received its first public performance at the Winchester Street Theatre in Toronto, and has since toured to critical and audience acclaim throughout Canada, the U.S. and the UK, including a run on Broadway. It is the recipient of the 2012 International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Victor Award for Outstanding Production.

Nearly Lear is adapted from Shakespeare bySusanna Hamnett and Edith Tankus, with initial research and development in association with Emma Rice and Mike Shepherd of Kneehigh TheatreEngland. Lighting design is by Michelle Ramsay; set design is by Lindsay Anne Black; sound design is by Gavin Fearon; and film is byDavid Parker24th STreet Theatre,Debbie Devine artistic director and Jay McAdams executive director, presents.

Susanna Hamnett has worked throughout England and Europe with Red Shift, Orchard Theatre, Theater Alibi (in association with Theater Gardiniesze), Anatoly Vassliev (National Theatre Studio), Target Theatre (ICA, London), Yoshi Oida, and Emma Rice and Mike Shepherd of Kneehigh Theatre among others. Moving to Toronto, she trained and collaborated with master clowns John Turner and Michael Kennard of “Mump and Smoot,” and worked with Theatre Smith-Gilmour and Theatre Columbus to deepen her exploration of the application of clown in theater. She has become known for a unique theatrical voice that brings together various and disparate passions and disciplines: Shakespeare, clown, storytelling, vaudeville, the serious and the mischievous. She is currently developing a new solo performance from a script commissioned by the Kennedy Center’s Theatre for Young Audiences department.

Winner of the 2012 TCG Peter Zeisler Award for risk taking and innovation in the American theater, 24th STreet Theatre is known for being a leader in arts education and community outreach as well as for presenting quality professional theater for young and old alike. Using art as a tool to positively impact the world around them, 24th Street’s programming includes free after school enrichment programs, Teatro Nuevo Latino Initiative projects, a music series, outreach programs for at-risk teens, free community events, professional development programs for teachers, arts-ed school workshops, gallery exhibits and international touring in addition to critically acclaimed season productions geared for both adult and family audiences.