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Geoff Hoyle: Lear’s Shadow

  • Lensic Performing Arts Center 211 West San Francisco Street Santa Fe, NM, 87501 United States (map)

Lear's Shadow is the sublime new solo show from award-winning actor and playwright Geoff Hoyle. It may be unheard of for a great clown to tackle Shakespeare’s masterpiece, but audiences are experiencing King Lear like never before as the Fool (played by Hoyle), recently unemployed, tells his side of Shakespeare’s most tragic, cosmic, and human of stories in this poignant solo performance. 

Hoyle, one of the Bay Area’s theatrical legends, tickles your funny bone and breaks your heart as he simultaneously depicts the Fool, the King, and all three of his daughters, playing his own original music with a storm of vocal sound effects. 

Lear's Shadow premiered in 2015 at The Marsh Theater in San Francisco, where the San Francisco Examiner called it “Sublime!” and “An astonishing tour de force.”

Dost thou know the difference, my boy,
between a bitter fool and a sweet fool?
— Lear in King Lear