Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre’s Lear Khehkwaii
Empress Theatre, Fairbanks April 5-7 & May 10-12, 2013
Statewide April & May 2013
Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre (FST) is pleased to announce it will once again participate in the National Endowment for the Arts, Shakespeare in American Communities theatre initiative, Shakespeare for a New Generation. In cooperation with Arts Midwest, Shakespeare for a New Generation brings professional theater productions of Shakespeare and related educational activities to students in communities of all sizes throughout the country, particularly those of underserved schools and schools that lack access to the arts due to geography, economic condi-tions, ethnic background or disability in rural or urban communities. This is the third time FST will participate in this program that introduces middle and high school students to the power of live theatre and the masterpieces of William Shakespeare.
FST will be touring a 90 minute version of Shakespeare’s King Lear inspired by Gwich’in language and culture, Lear Khehkwaii. The play is set in late 1800’s Alaska, a time when Alaska Native cultures were introduced to western influences and when the King James Bible (originated in Shakespeare’s time) was being translated into the Gwich’in language. Half of the script has been translated into the Gwich’in language and will be incorporated into the production and performed by a multi-cultural cast of eleven artists including native Gwich’in speakers, Alaska Native, Native American actors and FST company members. The project incorporates arts education and language revitalization through the live performance of one of the world’s greatest story tellers, William Shakespeare.
Lear Khehkwaii, directed by Tom Robenolt and featuring Allan Hayton as Lear, will premiere at the Empress Theatre in Fairbanks on April 5, 6 & 7, 2013. The production will then tour to schools in Anchorage, Tok, Nenana, Healy, the Kenai Peninsula, Kotzebue, Nome and Arctic Village. The tour will end with matinees for Fairbanks students and final public performances at the Empress Theatre, May 10, 11 & 12, 2013.
For more information about Lear Khehkwaii and how you can contribute to this unique, multi-cultural, language revi-talization, theatre project visit www.fstalaska.org.
For information contact:
Rebecca Eddy, Managing Director
Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre