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Nearly Lear
Part of the 2012 Summer Session Festival

Categorized as: Performing Arts & Dance
Event tags: theater, Palm Desert, Mccallum


The festival begins on Monday June 11 at 1:30 pm with Nearly Lear performed by Susanna Hamnett. What if the great and tragic story of King Lear were to be told by the King's closet companion - his own fool? This is Nearly Lear. Seen through the eyes of Lear's devoted clown, Norris (who, in good Shakespearean tradition, is actually Noreen disguised as a boy), the story is not only poignant and tragic, but also mischievous, tender and achingly funny. An emotional roller-coster ride that will entrance both lovers of Shakespeare as well as newcomers to the Bard, Nearly Lear confounds expectations of what a Shakespeare play should be and uses storytelling, music and film, as well as Shakespeare's magnificent text to take its audience firmly into the heart of this great story. Susanna Hamnett’s stunning use of physicality and characterization as she braves the most savage storm in English literature, draws us into a tale that explores the themes of truth and betrayal and the mercurial line between unconditional and conditional love. Created with Edith Tankus – who has been hailed as one of Canada’s finest female clowns – and with initial development in association with acclaimed Kneehigh Theatre, this dynamic show is an exuberant and unexpected blend of tragedy and humor.

Palm Desert, CA — McCallum Theatre Institute's Summer Session Festival 2012 presents three exciting performances to educate and entertain audiences of all ages during the week of June 11-15 at McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $15 for each performance, $35 for a festival pass, and $7 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the box office by calling 760-340-ARTS or on-line at

Palm Springs & Coachella Valley