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Andre De Shields as King Lear, Christina Sajous as Cordelia. Washington, D.C. 2007. Photo by Scott Suchman.

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The Wizard and The Bard: Andre De Shields In Conversation About Shakespeare’s King Lear

In a special and intimate conversation hosted by Red Bull Theater’s Associate Artistic Director, David Winkelstein, Tony Award winner Andre De Shields (Hadestown) speaks candidly about his experience with performing Shakespeare. De Shields gave a tour de force performance as King Lear for the Classical Theater of Harlem and also The Folger in 2007. For this particular one-night-only event entitled “Exploring King Lear with Andre De Sheilds,” the actor revisits the celebrated role with testimonials and passages performed from the play; specifically the speech from Act 2 Scene 3. 

During the interview, De Shields says, “It was such an exciting and heart-opening, mind-opening, and spirit-opening experience for me.” He goes on to talk about an actor’s purpose, their mission, and their responsibility as a creative when approaching a role. He states, “It is the actor’s process to allow, not force, these three ingredients [mind, body, and spirit] to converge; and when they converge, we have created the most precious gem with the most facets through which we can refract our light…”

The podcast was recorded on February 1, 2021 and you can check out the full video below.

 

Tremaine A. Price
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Tremaine A. Price is a drama educator with 11 years worth of teaching experience in the New York City school system. He is currently the Arts Director for a charter school in Brooklyn, NY, and oversees the artistic and educational development of students in middle and high school. He is all about Broadway Black in and out of the classroom Arts Educator | Director | Actor | Singer | Theatre Lover

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