Lear at the Furnaces: 90.5 WESA, Bill O’Driscoll

By June 20, 2019 King Lear

It’s easy to imagine a production of “King Lear” at the Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark: You can just picture the mad, dispossessed king defying his fate in the shadow of the towering, rusting furnaces.

But Risher Reddick, who’s directing the production for Quantum Theatre, says the setting’s resonance goes beyond pure spectacle. Reddick calls the Carrie Furnaces a metaphor for the story of Shakespeare’s celebrated tragic hero.

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