About the Grant

$25,000 to support King Lear (MAP 2009), a loose, experimental adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear, written and directed by Young Jean Lee, exploring the playwright's weird and complicated responses to patriarchal authority.

About the Project

Playwright/Director Young Jean Lee's King Lear zeros in on that chilling moment in a person's life when they realize that their parents are aging and mortal, that they're going to have to take care of them, and that they themselves are going to age and die. This new play wrestles with the clichés of “dysfunctional American family plays,” as well as with Shakespeare’s classic exploration of the aging patriarch, to portray what happens when death suddenly stops being an abstract concept. Young Jean’s new play will stir up the troubling questions that surface when the reality of death sinks in.

The piece was commissioned by New York City's Soho Rep and will premiere there as a co-production with Young Jean Lee's Theater Company in December 2009 and January 2010.

Related Websites

Young Jean Lee's Theater Company

Soho Rep


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